• January 27, 2022
 Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: Gallery+Story – Summer of Space Begins at KCOS

Amy’s Everyday Astronomy: Gallery+Story – Summer of Space Begins at KCOS

One of the best parts of being the West Texas NASA Solar System Ambassador is getting the opportunity to work with children. Kids are my favorite audience to interact with because they look at the world with such wonder and amazement.

Much like little sponges, they readily absorb all that they are taught.

On June 22, 2019, I had the great pleasure of being invited to the Family Circle Event at KCOS Studios. I worked with some of the greatest little minds on a project featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang.

As part of PBS’ “Summer of Space,” we watched videos about the moon made both by NASA and the very popular PBS show: Ready, Jet, Go!

After both videos were over, we moved on to a very “hands on” project, that gave everyone the opportunity to show their creativity by designing their very own extraterrestrial vehicles. Together, these amazing children and their parents built Lunar Rovers out of candies, tape, paper cups, straws, and index cards.

While I did supply everything needed to build these rovers, they would not have been complete without little aliens to drive them.

They all worked so hard on their little rovers and no two were identical. That’s why I am happy to share this gallery with you all. Let’s keep the learning going!

The children all seemed to have so much fun that I’d like to invite all libraries in El Paso to hold similar events during this Summer of Space.

Until next time, take your little ones outside on these warm summer nights, because you never know what you’ll see if you just keep your eyes to the skies.


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Amy Cooley

A native El Pasoan, Amy Cooley attended Parkland High School before beginning her studies in physics at EPCC. With her love of dark skies increasing, she transferred to New Mexico Tech University where she earned her degree in Astronomy. Moving back to El Paso in 2008, she now wants to share her love of the cosmos with the city she calls home.

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