WMS PTA and Science Department Host Arts Festival x Astronomy Night


WMS PTA and Science Department Host Arts Festival x Astronomy Night

The Wood Middle School (WMS) community gathered for a night of art and star gazing with the East Bay Astronomical Society. The event was a collaboration between the Wood Middle School PTA and Science Department.

"We were looking for a date to do an art-themed community event in the fall," says PTA President Jen Bullock. "When I learned that the science team was planning an astronomy night, I thought it would be great to partner. Since Wood is a STEAM school, combining art and science was a perfect fit."

Participants had the opportunity to participate in several art projects: painting a stained-glass-inspired mural, constructing paper lanterns, and doing sidewalk chalk drawings.

After sunset, students and families moved to the blacktop, where the East Bay Astronomical Society astronomers set up several telescopes for viewing. Attendees were excited to see breathtaking closeups of the face of the moon, Saturn's icy rings, Jupiter's moons, and a star cluster. The astronomers also shared information about each view and answered questions.

The PTA also plans to partner with the science department for the spring astronomy night.

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in the AUSD monthly newsletter, www.parentsquare.com/feeds/16512453