At Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, teachers and staff are always looking for creative ways to encourage students to “reach for the stars!” Those words were put into action recently when the school’s STREAM coordinator and fourth grade teacher, Stephany Nalley, invited the Buffalo Astronomical Association (BAA) to visit for a hands-on Astronomy Night as part of the STREAM science curriculum.
The BAA is a local organization composed of people from all walks of life who share a passion for the night sky and the science of astronomy. While the group’s individual interests are diverse, the membership has a common goal to foster science education and an appreciation of astronomy.
During their evening visit, MQA fourth and sixth grade students had a rare opportunity to view the moon and the planet Jupiter up close through two powerful reflective telescopes. Additionally, students had an opportunity to review maps of the solar system and participate in a Q&A session with BAA experts.
Pointing their telescopes at the moon, the BAA guests showed students different locations where Apollo moon missions have landed and challenged the students to identify specific craters. The tasks were challenging yet incredibly fun and informative.
Located at 170 Rosewood Terrace in Cheektowaga, Mary Queen of Angels School provides a quality Catholic education for students in Pre-K through Grade 8. The school also provides free Universal Pre-K through the Cheektowaga Central School District. For more information, please visit www.mqangels.com. To schedule a tour of the school or a student shadowing opportunity, please call the school office at 895-6280.