Science as a major subject in your childrens education is more important than you may realize. Furman University in Greenville focuses on the importance of this subject in their Science based Planetarium. Furman is committed to bringing understanding about the Universe, realizing it is not only intriguing, but it is also a valid tool for teaching the joy of Sciene.
In ancient times, observation of the sun, moon and stars was the basis of timekeeping and navigation. Science itself, is something that lays out the ideas and reasons behind accurate formal writing. Using good judgement, formulating rules, testing ideas, to convey in written form is one way of realizing the importance of Science in language and every day life. Gaining new skills in Astromony is not only an excellent introduction to scientific methods, but also to thought itself, as well as understanding time in it’s simplest form. *“Teach kids how to think, how to evaluate and judge, how to process information and come to rules and conclusions about the world. Get that right and they will be armed with a powerful set of tools that will literally last them a lifetime, and frankly it’s hard to see how that cannot be good.”
Greenville, has a fantastic opportunity for your children whether you are a home school family or your children attend one of the Greenville District’s Public School.
Timmons Planetarium is a 24 foot diameter full dome classroom, that can seat at least 25 students and is located in Rinker Hall 253. If your child’s classroom is larger than this, you can contact them in advance, to arrange that the tables be broken down and moved out of the way to make room for additional students. If your child’s classroom is too large to be accomodated by the Planetarium, with proper chaperone/parent involvement you could easily split the class and have half of the students attend the Planetarium class, while the other half goes on a tour of Southern Living’s first Green Showcase Home. As each presentation ends the classrooms can be switched to allow each student to enjoy Science about Space and our Earth, while teaching values of being good stewards.
With the tranquil gardens by the lake, your child’s classmates can benefit from a beautiful setting in nature for a picnic lunch, that avails several teaching moments in itself. So if you or your child’s teacher is looking for a new field trip for October, the number to make the arrangements is (864) 294-2236 and speak to Nancy Griffeth.
* Quotations above by: Bruce Alberts , Editor in Chief of Science Magazine