Fred Marschak's FREE programs for schools or other organizations of any age!


My name is Fred Marschak and I am currently retired at Homewood after teaching for 48 years in PA (Hollidaysburg) and Santa Barbara, CA.  I have taught K through 12 grades, public astronomy, and Community College classes.  I am able to adapt my material to a grade level or multiple grade levels as needed.

I would be very happy to come to your school or organization and present a talk on any aspect of astronomy for your class without charge.  I supply everything needed for each lesson.  Talks may include a handout that the participants fill-in during the presentation.

I have special talks on these subjects:

* Meteorites. The students get to handle many types of meteorites and see the differences between the various types. Each student get a small piece of a meteorite.

* NEW – An Impact Cratering Demo where the students make craters and look at the importance of impact cratering on the Earth, Moon, and other planets.

* Light. Students are introduced to the many different types of light and their uses. Students get a pair of glasses that show the colors of light.

* Measuring in the Sky. Students make and keep an ancient instrument called an astrolabe to measure how high stars, moon, and planets are in the sky. Also good for estimating tree height.

* The Constellations around the North Star.  Students make a dial that show the position of the 5 major constellations near the North Star throughout the year.

* The Zodiac Constellations.  Students learn about all the Zodiac Constellations and make a Zodiac finder to take home.  They also learn about how and why we have zodiac constellations.

* The size of the Solar System.  Students learn the names of the planets and their relative sizes. They are presented with the correct size AND distance starting with their school room.  We go outside (weather permitting) to see the Sun from the first few planets to SCALE!!

* Moon Phases.  The students work with pictures of the Moon (they keep) and figure out the phases of the Moon.  They also discover the time keeping usefulness of the Moon.

There are many other topics that you may prefer such as:

* Tour of the entire Universe – From Earth through Quasars – Good for vocabulary and relative distances including the idea of a light year.
* The differences/ similarities between the major planets and why they are that way.
* Stars - What are stars and a comparison of stellar sizes.

* The life of our Sun – what makes a star shine.
* How we know about stars when we have never been there,
* Eclipses

Please feel free to call anytime at 814-977-6789 to ask questions or plan a presentation.  All presentations are free.