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Share Your Story • Shelley Volz • December 10, 2012

NASA sponsored classes for NYC school kids

My eighth grade teacher recommended me (a girl!) to attend NASA sponsored all day Saturday classes in physics, math and a lab in which we ground/polished/assembled our very own 4" reflecting mirror in a Newtonian mounted telescope! I'm not sure which was more awesome, classes teaching physics and using calculus appropriately to calculate escape velocities, or actually building our very own telescopes. No, the most awesome part was having my dad go with me to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on the subway to help me schlep home my four foot tall telescope and then getting to show him what the night sky outside our balcony in Queens looked like through that telescope! Wow!

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