ALBANY, Ga. — In a special course for home-schooled children, Thronateeska Heritage Center’s annual Home School Days topical class will be “All About Astronomy.”
According to Allison Young, program coordinator for Thronateeska Heritage Center, subject material for the six-week course offers students an overview of astronomy, exploring everything from stars, planets and meteors to space travel. While intended only to supplement regular school curriculum, the program meets guidelines of the Georgia Performance Standards for Education, Young said.
“We’re trying to make sure we keep our lessons in line with what all students are learning throughout the state,” Young said.
According to Young, who will present the program, students will experience the universe at large through the state-of-the-art Wetherbee Planetarium projection system and the interactive Starry Night digital programming to receive a unique learning experience.
“Starry Night, when loaded to our computer system allows us to project and manipulate the night sky,” Young said. “We can turn planets for a different view, slow or speed up time, look at things from different earth locations, zoom in or out and a whole lot more.”
Home School Days will take place on Wednesdays from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7 at a cost of $50 per child, Young said. In an effort to provide age-appropriate material, classes will be provided to children K-2 from noon to 2 p.m., with grades 3-6 set for 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Young said that while evolution is not presented as fact in museum programs, some planetarium films and presentations reference evolution. Also, because of subject material and adherence to Georgia Performance Standards, the “Big Bang” is mentioned as a theoretical interpretation of how the Universe began.
Registration forms for the program can be found online at www.heritagecenter.org. For further information, call (229) 432-6955.