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Banner Creek
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Our Mission:  To provide hands-on scientific education in harmony with the ecosystem and Native American culture.
 
Our Vision:  BCSCO will operate as a premier natural and physical sciences educational and research facility to attract students, scholars and tourists to the region.

Come for the Stars, stay for the Science.  Our astronomy and science Mini-Classes and Seminars are designed to convey why science matters; to ignite flames of curiosity; to stimulate an interest in the STEM fields; to have fun making discoveries along the way; to create an attitude of "Wow! I've got to find out more about this!"
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FBR Meeting - 5/10
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When: 05/10/2016 at 2:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Mike McManigal
785-364-3131
mmcmanigal@dsbks.com
www.bcscience.org
 
Monthly Meeting
Friends of Banner Reservoir

2 PM at the Science Center Classroom
Glory Days Open House - 5/27
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When: 05/27/2016 at 9:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Observatory & Science Center
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Mike Ford
785-364-2641
mford2001@gmail.com
www.bcscience.org

~~  GLORY DAYS OPEN HOUSE  ~~

Doors open at 8:30 PM. Tours and demos begin at 9:00 PM in the climate-controlled Science Center Classroom with a slide show of the newest images from space and demonstrations of observatory equipment and software.

Visitors may enjoy clear-sky viewing outdoors with the portable 14-inch and 16-inch reflector telescopes, and several refractor scopes, and indoors via the automated 20-inch RCOS telescope with imaging fed to the classroom computer and 70-inch HD flat screen.

Bring your own telescope to the observatory to take advantage of the "Dark Sky"conditions.  Instruction is available to learn how to operate your telescope.  Learn how toidentify the constellations and planets via Stellarium (virtual planetarium) software and Mike Ford's laser-guided tours of the night sky.


Cost:  None.  However, Freewill Donations are very welcome.
 
Glory Days Open House - 5/28
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When: 05/28/2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
BCulbertsonAstronomer@Yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org

~~  GLORY DAYS OPEN HOUSE  ~~

There will be a "Safe Solar Observing" Workshop from 1-3 PM led by Brenda Culbertson, Assistant Observatory Director. 
Mike will also be conducting special tours for visiting alumni.

Doors open at 12:30 PM. Workshop andTours begin at 1:00 PM in the climate-controlled Science Center Classroom.  A variety of methods for safe solar observing will be taught during the workshop. From direct views with the eye, to close up views through a fully filtered telescope, participants see several ways to follow solar events.

This workshop will be extra good for those people who plan to watch the total solar eclipse that will happen in our area during the summer of 2017. It’s a good time to start preparing and practicing.

 
SAFETY IS CRUCIAL

Cost:  None.  However, Freewill Donations are very welcome.

 
Glory Days Open House - 5/29
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When: 05/29/2016 at 9:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Observatory & Science Center
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Mike Ford
785-364-2641
mford2001@gmail.com
www.bcscience.org

~~  GLORY DAYS OPEN HOUSE  ~~

Doors open at 8:30 PM. Tours and demos begin at 9:00 PM in the climate-controlled Science Center Classroom with a slide show of the newest images from space and demonstrations of observatory equipment and software.

Visitors may enjoy clear-sky viewing outdoors with the portable 14-inch and 16-inch reflector telescopes, and several refractor scopes, and indoors via the automated 20-inch RCOS telescope with imaging fed to the classroom computer and 70-inch HD flat screen.

Bring your own telescope to the observatory to take advantage of the "Dark Sky"conditions.  Instruction is available to learn how to operate your telescope.  Learn how toidentify the constellations and planets via Stellarium (virtual planetarium) software and Mike Ford's laser-guided tours of the night sky.


Cost:  None.  However, Freewill Donations are very welcome.
 
Safe Solar Observing Workshop - 6/4
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When: 06/04/2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
BCulbertsonAstronomer@Yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org

Workshop
How to observe the Sun safely
Presenter: Brenda Culbertson
Date: June 04
Time: 1-3 pm

Registration: Open to anyone 10 years and older.

Fee: $5  Fee includes cost of personal solar filter for safe naked-eye viewing.

A variety of methods for safe solar observing will be taught during the workshop. From direct views with the eye, to close up views through a fully filtered telescope, participants see several ways to follow solar events.

This workshop will be extra good for those people who plan to watch the total solar eclipse that will happen in our area during the summer of 2017. It’s a good time to start preparing and practicing.

 
SAFETY IS CRUCIAL
 
Safe Solar Photography Workshop - 6/11
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When: 06/11/2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
BCulbertsonAstronomer@Yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org

Workshop
How to photograph the Sun safely
Presenter: Brenda Culbertson
Date: June 11, 2016
Time: 1-3 pm

Registration: Open to anyone 10 years and older.

Fee: $5  Fee includes cost of personal solar filter for safe naked-eye viewing.

Photographing the Sun does not take a special camera, but it does take patience and a steady hand while using basic techniques. Several ways to photograph the Sun safely will be presented, and participants who bring cameras will have the opportunity to photograph during the workshop. If the interest is there, a more advanced workshop may be held this summer.

This workshop will be extra good for those people who plan to watch the total solar eclipse that will happen in our area during the summer of 2017. It’s a good time to start preparing and practicing.

 
SAFETY IS CRUCIAL
 
Observatory Open House - June
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When: 06/04/2016 at 9:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
BCulbertsonAstronomer@Yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org
 
~~  Observatory Open House ~~
{Weather Permitting}

 
 
Scheduled for 6/4 and 6/11
Doors open at 8:30 PM
Activities begin at 9:00 PM
Cost:  Freewill Donation ($5 suggested)

The Banner Creek Observatory presents Clear-Sky Viewing via the portable 14-inch and 16-inch reflector telescopes, plus deep space objects via the 20-inch reflector scope and 70-inch HD flat screen display.

On cloudy evenings activities may include --
  • A 20-minute presentation on a variety of astronomy topics
  • A slide show of the newest images from deep space
  • Demonstrations of observatory equipment and software
  • Setup instructions for your telescope
  • Science documentary films, such as the latest "Cosmos" series streamed via Roku/Netflix equipment.
Click [ HERE ] for the latest Space Weather news.
 
Observatory Open House - July
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When: 07/02/2016 at 9:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
BCulbertsonAstronomer@Yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org
 
~~  Observatory Open House ~~
{Weather Permitting}

 
 
Scheduled for 7/2,7/9, 7/15, and 7/30
Doors open at 8:30 PM
Activities begin at 9:00 PM
Cost:  Freewill Donation ($5 suggested)

The Banner Creek Observatory presents Clear-Sky Viewing via the portable 14-inch and 16-inch reflector telescopes, plus deep space objects via the 20-inch reflector scope and 70-inch HD flat screen display.

On cloudy evenings activities may include --
  • A 20-minute presentation on a variety of astronomy topics
  • A slide show of the newest images from deep space
  • Demonstrations of observatory equipment and software
  • Setup instructions for your telescope
  • Science documentary films, such as the latest "Cosmos" series streamed via Roku/Netflix equipment.
Click [ HERE ] for the latest Space Weather news.
 
Safe Solar Observing Workshop - 8/6
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When: 08/06/2016 at 3:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
BCulbertsonAstronomer@Yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org

Workshop
How to observe the Sun safely
Presenter: Brenda Culbertson
Date: June 04
Time: 1-3 pm

Registration: Open to anyone 10 years and older.

Fee: $5  Fee includes cost of personal solar filter for safe naked-eye viewing.

A variety of methods for safe solar observing will be taught during the workshop. From direct views with the eye, to close up views through a fully filtered telescope, participants see several ways to follow solar events.

This workshop will be extra good for those people who plan to watch the total solar eclipse that will happen in our area during the summer of 2017. It’s a good time to start preparing and practicing.

 
SAFETY IS CRUCIAL
Observatory Open House - August
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When: 08/06/2016 at 9:00 PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
BCulbertsonAstronomer@Yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org
 
~~  Observatory Open House ~~
{Weather Permitting}

 
 
Scheduled for 8/6
Doors open at 8:30 PM
Activities begin at 9:00 PM
Cost:  Freewill Donation ($5 suggested)

The Banner Creek Observatory presents Clear-Sky Viewing via the portable 14-inch and 16-inch reflector telescopes, plus deep space objects via the 20-inch reflector scope and 70-inch HD flat screen display.

On cloudy evenings activities may include --
  • A 20-minute presentation on a variety of astronomy topics
  • A slide show of the newest images from deep space
  • Demonstrations of observatory equipment and software
  • Setup instructions for your telescope
  • Science documentary films, such as the latest "Cosmos" series streamed via Roku/Netflix equipment.
Click [ HERE ] for the latest Space Weather news.
 
Perseid Meteor Shower - 8/14
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When: 08/14/2016 at 3:00 AM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Mike Ford
785-364-2641
mford2001@gmail.com
www.bcscience.org

Perseid Meteor Shower
~ Clear Sky Viewing ~
 
Sunday, 8/14
3 AM - Sunrise
 

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters expect meteor rates to peak at 100+ per hour on the night of Aug. 12-14 when our planet passes through the heart of the debris stream. Perseids produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower of the year, so come out to the observatory for a good show.

Visitors can view the meteor shower from the comfort of lawn chairs, or reclining lawn chairs, and blankets which you're invited to bring out to the observatory.

Drinking water and an indoor rest room will be available.  No charge, but free-will donations will be gratefully accepted!
 
Open House
Light, Colors and Chemistry
When: 07/02/2016 at 3PM - 5PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
bculbertsonastronomer@yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org
~~ Light, Colors, and Chemistry ~~
 
Date: July 02, 2016
Time: 3-5 pm
Fee: $5 per person. Limited to the first 20 people.
Age restriction: Participants must be 10 years old and older.

About the presenter:
 Sam Leung, Ph.D.
Sam Leung, Professor of Chemistry at Washburn University, earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the California State University at Stanislaus and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California at Davis. His graduate research involved the syntheses of various types of porphyrin compounds. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Leung went on to conduct research as a post-doctoral research fellow at Wesleyan University in Connecticut on the synthesis of phytochromobilin (the light-absorbing part of the plant photoreceptor protein phytochrome). He began teaching at Washburn University in 1997 and has taught courses including Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Spectroscopy, and he is still active in research in the area of porphyrin and pyrrole synthesis..

About the workshop:

In this presentation/workshop, we will discuss and learn about light and colors and how they are used in chemistry to help analyze and identify substances. Some hands-on activities and demonstrations will be included.
 
Magnetic Manifestations
When: 08/13/2016 at 3PM-5PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
bculbertsonastronomer@yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org
~~ Magnetic Manifestations ~~
 
Date: August 13, 2016
Time: 3-5 pm
Age restriction: 10 years and older
Number of participant limited to 20.
 
About the presenter:
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Karen Camarda is an Associate Professor of Physics at Washburn University, and has been teaching physics at Washburn since 2002. She earned her B.S. in physics at the University of California at San Diego in 1991, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and 1998, respectively. Dr. Camarda's research involves computer simulations of black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational waves. Currently, she is particularly interested in the response of neutron stars to different types of small disturbances, and the corresponding effects on the gravitational waves they would produce.

About the workshop:

In this workshop, participants will investigate three different sources of magnetism: permanent magnets (such as the magnets on your refrigerator), electromagnets, and superconductors. Participants will investigate these different manifestations of magnetism by working through three different hands-on activities. At the conclusion of the workshop, we will discuss our observations, as well as the connections between the three seemingly disparate phenomena.
 
Family-Friendly Investigation of Kansas' Past Through Archeology
When: 07/15/2016 at 6PM-8PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
bculbertsonastronomer@yahoo.com
www.bcscience.com
~~ Family-friendly Investigation of Kansas’ Past through Archeology ~~


Time: 6-8 pm

Fee: $5 per person. Limited to 20 participants.

Age restriction: None. Families are encouraged to participate.

About the presenter: Virginia A. Wulfkuhle

A hands-on learning session is led by Virginia A. Wulfkuhle, Public Archeologist of the Kansas Historical Society. Wulfkuhle received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Kansas and an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She was employed as a staff archeologist in the Office of the State Archeologist at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin and as a curator of the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Wulfkuhle returned to Kansas in 1990 for employment with the Kansas Historical Society in the contract program, working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Kansas Department of Transportation. Her current position involves working as liaison with amateur archeology groups, and she is responsible for coordinating the Kansas Archeology Training Program and other public education events.


About the session:

Join us for an exciting trip into the Kansas past!
Discover early lifeways, using the methods and tools that professional archeologists employ.
Explore evidence from real archeological sites to learn about the shelters of the Pawnee and other Native Americans of the Central Plains.
Examine prehistoric and historic artifacts, using the skills of scientific inquiry:  observation, inference, and classification.
Enjoy an evening of family-oriented, hands-on learning.

Rocks Tell Stories
When: 07/30/2016 at 3PM-5PM
Where: Banner Creek Science Center
22275 N Road
Holton, KS
United States
66436

Contact: Brenda Culbertson
bculbertsonastronomer@yahoo.com
www.bcscience.org
~~ Rocks Tell Stories! ~~
From : 3:00 PM   To : 5:00 PM
Date: July 30, 2016

Time: 3-5 pm

Fee: $5 per person. Limited to the first 20 people.

Age restriction: None. Families are encouraged

About the presenter:

 Linda Pickett, Ph.D.

Pickett is a broadly trained geologist and engineer. She has had a passion for geology for most of her life.  In fact, she still has the rock that started it all – a piece of banded chert that she picked up from her uncle’s driveway when she was five years old. Pickett has work experience ranging from collecting samples of stream water in Leawood, Kansas, to conducting air flow tests on Air Force One. She taught classes in geology at Washburn University and The University of Nebraska – Lincoln for several years, and has led workshops and field trips in geology for audiences of all ages.  She also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (Kansas Water Science Center) for four years where she participated in investigations focused on the Equus Beds Aquifer near Wichita, Kansas.  Pickett is currently working for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Energy Engineer where she implements energy saving projects for buildings on campus.

About the workshop:

When you look at a rock carefully you can discover much about its history. Where did it form? Maybe it was made in an ocean, or under a volcano! What is it made of? Has it travelled a long way from where it formed to where it was found? Was it always a rock? During this workshop we will look at some of the different types of rocks found in Kansas and, using some tools commonly used by geologists, we will learn some of their stories.