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Girl Scouts teach science with portable planetarium

Some astronomy and other science helped inspire girls on Friday night.

A portable planetarium provided a chance to see the planets and stars.

The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming brought the planetarium to the Medicine Crow Middle School.

It’s the last of several stops during the year.

The planetarium is 16 feet in diameter and about 10 feet high.

Before the big show, the girls received some lessons in the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“This is completely hands on and I think that’s what you need for younger individuals to really grasp the possibilities,” said Kristi Osterlund, marketing and communications manager for the Girl Scouts. “It is a mobile, digital planetarium. A great way to see it spatially to see how things are connected. And it’s just awe inspiring.”

“Grade school kids are natural scientists,” said Dr. Stuart Snyder, MSUB Physics professor. “It’s really important to try and cultivate that. That’s something we enjoy doing. It’s fun to watch the reaction of these kids when they see something that’s really fascinating.”

A NASA grant helped the Girl Scouts pay for the $30,000 portable planetarium.

David Jay

David Jay

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