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Join us for Spring 2024 Star Party!!

Friday, April 12th, 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Canyon Country Campus, Upper Plaza, adjacent to the Don Takeda Science Center

Star Party SP24 Speaker

Join us on Friday, April 12th, 6:30pm - 10:00pm at our annual Spring Star Party and Science Showcase event held outside at our beautiful Canyon Country Campus, Upper Plaza, adjacent to the Don Takeda Science Center!  Our guest speaker, J. (Bob) Balaram will present "The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter - Humanity's First Flight On Another Planet" and discuss the development of the Mars helicopter, its operations on Mars, and the implications for the future exploration of the Red Planet. 

Attendees will also be able to explore the night sky through high-powered telescopes with the assistance of volunteers from the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita, as well as the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club.   

The evening will include interactive demonstration tables presented by a number of groups and clubs!!  The Associated Student Government (ASG) will also be on hand with free snacks and lots of energy! It is an educational and enjoyable evening for all!

FREE fun family event and open to the community.  Food will be available for purchase.  Help us spread the word! 

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Last semester's Fall Star Party & Science Showcase a big success!
Guest Speaker: Dr. Varoujan Gorjian, JPL Research Astronomer

Star Party FA23 Speaker

On Friday, November 3rd, students, faculty, staff and community members were treated to our 27th Star Party event, which included a Science Showcase! The event was held in our outdoor Upper Plaza, adjacent to the Don Takeda Science Center, and attracted more than 400 people. 

Our guest speaker, Dr. Varoujan Gorjian, JPL Research Astronomer, presented “A Brief History of JPL” and his intriguing topic raised some fun Q&A’s and audience engagement. The event’s new “science showcase” kicked off the evening with a variety of science-themed presentations by our own COC students and faculty. The event included tours of the Takeda Science Center, visits to our exciting indoor portable planetarium, and food truck services with “Go Fusion N Grill”. Always a crowd favorite, attendees were able to explore the night sky through high-powered telescopes with the assistance of volunteers from the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley, as well as from the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club. Throughout the evening, our guests also enjoyed our interactive demonstration tables, presented by a number of groups including the Astronomy Physics Club, the Biological & Environmental Sciences Department, Chemistry Club, Civic Engagement Club, Earth and Space Sciences, Future Business Leaders of America, Helping US Become (HUB) Club, Library, MESA - Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement, Parallax Photo Club, Psychology Club & PSI Beta, and the William S. Hart District CTE Education Pathway!!  The Associated Student Government (ASG) was also on hand with free snacks and lots of energy! It was an educational and enjoyable evening for all!!

Our sincere THANKS to all who made this Star Party possible!! 

Special thanks to our guest speaker, Dr. Varoujan Gorjian, JPL Research Astronomer

Dave Flynn and members of the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley

Antelope Valley Astronomy Club

The Astronomy & Physics Club led by Teresa Ciardi, COC Professor

Star Party Planning Committee - Teresa Ciardi, Anthony Michaelides, Jamie Page, 
Maria Sanchez, and Dr. Ryan Theule

College of the Canyons Facilities, Campus Safety, Custodial/Grounds, Audio Visual, Graphics/Reprographics and Information Technology 

and Special Thanks to:

Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook

The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees:

Dr. Edel Alonso, Sebastian Cazares, Jerry Danielsen, Charles Lyon and Joan W. MacGregor

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Plan to attend our next Star Party in Spring 2024!!  Date and time to be announced soon!!


Spring 2023 Star Party Event a big success!

Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Burt, PhD, EPRV Investigation Scientist, JPL

Jennifer Burt

On Friday, April 28th, students, faculty, staff and community members were treated to our 26th Star Party event!!  The in-person event was held outside in our Upper Plaza, adjacent to the Don Takeda Science Center, and attracted more than 400 people. Our guest speaker, Jennifer Burt, PhD, EPRV Investigation Scientist, JPL, spoke on “The Sky’s the Limit: Expanding Our Understanding of ExoPlanetary Systems from the Ground Up” and her intriguing topic raised some fun Q&As and audience engagement. Attendees explored the night sky through high-powered telescopes with the assistance of volunteers from the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley, as well as from the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club.  

The evening included interactive demonstration tables presented by a number of groups including the Astronomy Physics Club, Active Minds, the Biological & Environmental Sciences Department, Chemistry Club, Library, MESA - Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement, STEM Equity Alliance, and the William S. Hart District CTE Education Pathway!!  The Associated Student Government (ASG) was also on hand with free snacks and lots of energy! It was an educational and enjoyable evening for all!!

Our sincere THANKS to all who made this Star Party possible!! 

Special thanks to our guest speaker, Jennifer Burt, PhD, EPRV Investigation Scientist, JPL

Dave Flynn and members of the Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley

Antelope Valley Astronomy Club

The Astronomy & Physics Club led by Teresa Ciardi, COC Professor

Star Party Planning Committee - Teresa Ciardi, Anthony Michaelides, Jamie Page, 
Maria Sanchez, and Dr. Ryan Theule

College of the Canyons Facilities, Campus Safety, Custodial/Grounds, Audio Visual, Graphics/Reprographics and Information Technology 

and Special Thanks to:

Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook

The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees:

Dr. Edel Alonso, Sebastian Cazares, Jerry Danielsen, Charles Lyon and Joan W. MacGregor


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Star Party Program
Star Party News Release

 

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