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Portable planetarium helps kids reach for the stars

Updated: 07/18/2014 5:02 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 4:35 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

KINDERHOOK - Learning about science can be fun, even over the summer.

For the proof, NewsChannel 13 checked out a portable planetarium.

It's from the Dudley Observatory.

With the help of experts from the Museum of Innovation and Science, it helps educate students across the Capital Region.

“To have had this experience as a kid for me would have been just awesome,” said Justin Rupert.

Now, Rupert gives that experience to children all summer long.

This week's stop was the Kinderhook Library.

“It's just a really big dome that everybody crawls into, sits around the edge and I have a projector in the middle that displays all the stars all along the inside of it,” Rupert explained.

“I thought the space dome was real cool. I really like the spring constellations,” said one young kid.

It's not just the kids who love it.

“Really awesome,” said Melissa Schieren, a parent. “I try to do every program at two different libraries around here so that they get to do fun stuff like this all summer long.”

“They love to see how things work and hopefully it will help them in their future,” she added.

Other locations the planetarium will be at this summer include:

Saturday, July 26: Diver Public Library & Valley Falls Library at Hoosick Valley Central School, 136 Main Street, Schodack10:30 a.m. (518) 753-4344

Wednesday, July 30: Johnstown Public Library, 38 South Market Street, Johnstown (various times for different ages) (518) 762-8317.

Wednesday, August 6: Gloversville Public Library, 58 East Fulton Street – 1 p.m. (518) 725-2819.

Monday, August 11: Watervliet Public Library, 1501 Broadway, (call for time – (518) 274-4471)

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