Hundreds of fifth graders look to the stars in culminating space science lesson

Young Astronauts learning about the stars

NISD celebrated its 31st year of the Young Astronauts program recently by looking up to the starry, albeit cloudy night.

The Elementary Science Department, in collaboration with Folks Middle School, hosted 5th grade members of the Young Astronauts club from 60 campuses at the annual Stargazing Night event on Friday, Feb. 16. 

More than 500 students, along with their sponsors and family members, enjoyed two hours of night sky activities. Young Astronauts is an after-school science enrichment program where lessons and activities focus on building student interest and understanding in the area of space science. This year's topic was: Astronauts at Work! The team also welcomed over 130 volunteers from the community to help run this event.

The elementary science team partnered with UTSA's Sidewalk Astronomers to provide telescopes and although cloud cover prevented actual night sky viewing, the group quickly pivoted to provide an alternate program. 

Other presentations and activities were provided by the Scobee Education Center, Texas Parks & Wildlife - Government Canyon State Natural Area, UTSA's Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brian Ewenson, Aerospace Educator, and City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Natural Areas.