Portable Planetarium and Visit from Merck Scientist Leaves Lower Schoolers Starry-Eyed

EDISON — On Wednesday, September 15, William Reiss of Fords, Quality Manager at Merck & Co. and the father of second-grader Sara Reiss, served as a tour guide to the stars as he showed students in grades 1 to 5 the exciting educational features of a portable planetarium called Starlab.

He showed each class different stars such as Polaris and different constellations such as Orion. He told the students that “anybody can be an astronomer,” and he explained the stars as we would see them if we looked in the sky on September 15.

The astronomy lesson will continue as teachers will read related books to the students on constellations, students will learn the names of the constellations in Spanish, and a “Constellation Project” is also planned.

“Almost every child has a natural fascination for the study of astronomy,” said Kathy Meier, Lower School science and technology teacher, who planned Mr. Reiss’ visit to the school. “I am thrilled that Mr. Reiss was available to do this program so early in the year. It was a wonderful way to kick-off science for the 2010-2011 school year.”

Pictured above, Mr. Reiss poses with his daughter, Sara, and her classmates before entering the Starlab for their space adventure.

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