Third graders were treated to a presentation by astrophysicist Dr. Scott Friedman, a favorite tradition of the IGNITE program. Dr. Friedman is working on the James Watt Space Telescope (successor to NASA’s Hubble Telescope), which will be launched in 2018. The day included a presentation in McKenzie’s auditorium where Dr. Friedman shared a number of fun facts, like astronomers learn almost everything we know about the universe by looking at light. Currently, 3453 planets have been discovered – two in the last week even!
Dr. Friedman talked about his own career path to becoming an astronomer; he was inspired by a book report by a fellow student when he was about the same age as the third graders.
In the afternoon, Dr. Friedman spent time in each classroom, answering the students’ questions. Questions ranged from Have you personally discovered a planet? (not yet!) and What would you most like to discover? (life on another planet!). Dr. Friedman also gave the students photos of space and flash cards to share with their families. A special thank you to Sally Schoenberg, our Library Information Specialist, for her assistance in arranging this amazing IGNITE opportunity.