The Taylor Observatory, a Lake County Office of Education facility, opened up for field trips in May and has served 13 classrooms and over 260 students during the spring of 2019.
Kelseyville Elementary School is taking advantage of an "extended" school year and will have 16 different classrooms visit the Planetarium between now and the end of their school year.
Angelo Parisi, the new Taylor Assistant has done a fabulous job of engaging students with his moon crater activity and guitar sing-a-longs!
A giant thanks to Eduardo Alatorri for being the knowledge keeper of all things Taylor and continuing to provide technical support and training to all those who help out at Taylor. His engaging Planetarium shows and skills with robots have made the experience for students fun and informative.
Our newest high school docent, Paloma Rall from Lake County International Charter School has been a most valuable addition to our Taylor family. She jumps right in and helps us out with our field trips. She is a real role model for people of all ages.
Taylor will be undergoing some work over the summer and we will be ready for more field trips in the fall and looking to expand opportunities for students to become docents.
Eventually we will be looking to offer some classes in the evening through the Friends of Taylor Observatory. Their commitment to support education about the universe is truly welcome and commendable.
LCOE is looking to expand the role of this amazing facility in the future to include a space for teacher professional development in STEM education for the county.