Florida science expert visits EKSC Junior Space Explorers Camp


By Jennifer Little



PRESTONSBURG – We have ignition. We have go. We have liftoff for the Junior Space Explorers camp at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) on Thursday, June 9.

Campers kicked off the day learning how to make a constellation tube; learning about meteors; looking at the sun with special glasses; and learning their weight on all the different planets.

Karen Malesky, a Florida native, served as a special guest instructor.

“It was great having Karen (Malesky) as a guest instructor at our camp,” said Steve Russo, director of the East Kentucky Science Center. “We taught Astronomy together back in the early 1980’s at the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton, Fla. Karen comes to us with more than 30 years’ experience teaching in science museums and planetariums, and also wrote some of the Science Standards for the state of Florida. She gave us ideas for new lessons to do.”

Memberships for the EKSC are available. They include free admission to more than 300 science centers and museums worldwide, a 10 percent discount in the EKSC gift shop and discounted rates for camps and special events. Rates are $25 for student membership, $50 for value membership (two individuals), $60 for grandparent membership (two grandparents and two grandchildren) and $75 for family membership (up to four individuals).

For more information, contact Heather Wheeler at (606) 889-4719 or email hwheeler0021@kctcs.edu.

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By Jennifer Little

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