[Some of the activities done by 7th graders in recent astronomy workshops]
Seventh graders from Meriden and Southington middle schools recently took part in Saturday morning astronomy workshops with Dr. Kristine Larsen as part of the Partners in Science program. Along with a culminating planetarium show, students engaged in hands-on activities such as working with filters, diffraction gratings, and simple telescopes, constructing sun clocks, star clocks, and star finders, handling real meteorites, and using special beads to detect ultraviolet radiation. Students also made models to take home, the first week of the sun (including solar activity such as sunspots and prominences) and the second week of the planets (by size). The program is administered by Dr. Kathy Martin of the Biomolecular Sciences Department, and Dr. Larsen has been a part of the program since 1990.