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Astro-Science Workshop

A group of Far Horizons participants launch a high-altitude balloon into the atmosphere.

The Astro-Science Workshop (ASW) at the Adler Planetarium is a fun, intensive program about space exploration designed for high school students in the Chicago area. ASW began more than 50 years ago during the space race and Apollo program and counts numerous scientists, engineers, business leaders, and a former NASA astronaut as alumni. ASW encourages participants to consider pursuing careers in science by offering the unique opportunity to work with astronomers, engineers, and educators at the Adler Planetarium.

This year’s program focused on urban light pollution. Through hands-on activities, participants developed skills in electronic hardware, computer programming, computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis, and teamwork. Working in small groups, ASW participants designed, built, and presented prototype solutions to mitigate the effects of light pollution.

Applications for the 2020 session are closed.

A special thanks to Elenco for their donation to this year’s Astro Science Workshop.

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