Local Kids Inspired by Dr. E. C. Krupp’s Cosmic Tour

….Young Scholars from Westerly School of Long Beach recognized as astronomy enthusiasts.
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Oct. 5, 2009 - PRLog -- ORANGE, Calif. – The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, a one-of-a-kind themed outdoor learning facility, launched its Young Scholars program Thursday night and awarded two fifth grade students from Long Beach, Calif., with Zipline parties for their enthusiasm.  The award was presented by Edwin Charles (E.C.) Krupp, Ph.D., director of the Griffith Observatory, who delivered an enlightening presentation that illustrated the importance of astronomy in advancing civilization and celebrated the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope in this International Year of Astronomy.  The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center’s Young Scholar’s program encourages the best and the brightest of Southern California’s students to enhance their knowledge and continued interest in the natural sciences.  

In preparation for the evening’s activities, students from various schools created posters to commemorate the life of Galileo Galilee in recognition of his contributions to civilization.

“Astronomy prompts questions, and big questions drive wonder,” Krupp said.  “By turning his telescope toward the sky (to view the moon), Galileo proved the moon was another world, which led to our going there.”  Krupp added that this year also marked the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.  

Fifth graders, Abbie Cherin and Cole Sturges-Andersen, both from Westerly School in Long Beach, each received Zipline parties for themselves and 20 of their friends for their winning poster on the life of Galileo.  

On July 28, The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, a non-profit organization owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council, celebrated the grand opening of its three themed camps: Astronomy, Mining and Ranch.

About The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Young Scholars’ Program
The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Youth Scholars’ Program rewards achievements and inspires ongoing interest in the study and pursuit of astronomy, geology and biology.  Young Scholars are outstanding students from grades 5 through 12 representing a variety of backgrounds and possessing a broad range of interests and goals in the scientific field.  Each student will contribute to the unique character and strength of the program.  Positions of leadership will be held by those students personally selected for nomination by a teacher and will have a history of academic achievement in the sciences.  

About Dr. Edwin Charles Krupp
Dr. E.C. Krupp is an American astronomer and has been the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles since 1974.  He is the author of Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power; Beyond the Blue Horizon, Echoes of the Ancient Skies, The Comet and You, The Big Dipper and You, The Moon and You, and The Rainbow and You; editor and co-author of In Search of Ancient Astronomies and Archaeoastronomy and the Roots of Science; contributing editor with a monthly column in Sky & Telescope magazine; frequent lecturer and veteran leader of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension field study tours.  One of his fields of interest is the study of archaeoastronomy around the world.  He has written widely on the subject.  Krupp hosted the astronomy educational series Project Universe in the late 1970s.  He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California Los Angeles Division of Physical Sciences in 1972.

About The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center
The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization owned and operated by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America for the benefit of all youth organizations.  It provides schools and youth organizations a local and more affordable venue for overnight outdoor education and day trips at a new, eco-friendly facility featuring three unique camps—Astronomy Camp, Ranch Camp and Mining Camp.  It was developed to provide local youth the opportunity to learn about the Southern California natural environment through first-hand wilderness experiences above, at and below ground level and to teach environmental awareness, conservation and leadership along with science, history and local cultures.  The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is located at the end of Jamboree Road adjacent to Irvine Regional Park at 2 Irvine Park Road in Orange.  For more information please call 800-436-2119 or go to:  www.outdooreducationcenter.org.

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