Joe and Gwen are committed to sharing their knowledge of astronomy with young people. They frequent schools, public events, fairs, farmer's markets, and science fairs, providing a unique perspective about the solar system. They also host field trips and hands-on classes at the observatory.
Joe demonstrates science lessons for kids using simple tools. Here he uses cash register tape to demonstrate how far the sun is from other planets.
To explain how rockets work, they build stomp rockets with the kids, which can fly through the air up to half a block or more. To build your own stomp rocket, you can find Joe's instructions here. He sells ready-made kits at most events for $7.00. Look for Joe at local farmer's markets and other community events.
Joe's friend, Jerry Armstrong, shows a young girl at the Twin Bridges Flotilla how stomp rockets work.
Students arrive at the Observatory for a lesson about the sun.