A Starry Night
Extreme Science Club hosts 8th annual “Party with the Stars”
SaMya Overall and Max Skolnik, Reporters
The RHS Extreme Science Club hosted their 8th annual “Party with the Stars” event on March 1.
“Party with the Stars is our annual Science Club event that we host in the planetarium and in the commons,” Science Club advisor Tina Weller said. “We teach kids 10 and under all about space science.”
One of the main attractions is the planetarium, which was renovated last year.
“They can go into the planetarium, and Mrs. Weller puts on an astronomy show every year,” senior vice president Brooke Madgwick said. “This year it will be extra special because of the new planetarium.”
Although the event was free to all kids, donations were accepted to fund Extreme Science Club’s end of the year trip
“We ask for a donation. We don’t charge so people give what they can afford to give,” Weller said. “All of that money goes toward all of the busing that we do for our Friends of the Rouge trip, where we take a different slant, not astronomy, but we look at the Rouge watershed that affects the Detroit River…”
Party with the Stars is designed to get elementary students interested in science careers.
“The takeaway is to inspire them,” Weller said. “To inspire them to take science classes here when they get to RHS, and to take these jobs no one is taking anymore in science, technology, engineering, and math, and aerospace science…”
Weller and the Extreme Science Club want to create a positive, lasting impression of astronomy on the kids.
“I think they can just really gain an appreciation of what goes on in the solar system and figure out if they’re really interested…” Madgwick said. “I think it’s cool just getting a bunch of children all together and doing fun activities and teaching them about what’s going on in the solar system.”