for 10-14 Year Olds
For young designers interested in space, and for those who would like to learn how professional astronomers and astrophysicists gather information about space, MODA's astrophotography camp offers remote access to professional telescopes around the nation.
Nearly 400 years ago, using some of the first optical telescopes, Galileo observed the moon’s phases, the solar system, and the Milky Way. Galileo’s sketches and calculations are examples of an important branch of contemporary astronomy called scientific visualization which is used in many fields and incorporates elements of graphic design to help scientists gain a deeper understanding of their targets of study.
This camp will focus on visualization as it relates to space and will give young learners skills that can translate to fields of science and graphic design.
In order to bring this camp to Atlanta, MODA has become a partner in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics program, Youth Capturing the Colorful Cosmos. Young designers who join MODA in participating in this program will have remote access to Harvard’s telescopes and the images of space they capture and they’ll use these images to design their own experiments.
Young designers will learn how to use image processing tools to manipulate their images in order to better understand the shape, scale, and composition of the universe. They’ll also be able to investigate the moon’s phases, chart change over time of sunspots, and analyze craters. Imagine being able to create your own book of astronomical observations like Galileo!
Skills campers will learn:
- introductory principles of space and astrophysics
- elements from all branches of STEAM
- remote use of telescopes and related software
- scientific visualization
- image processing
- design thinking