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Astronomy

Telescope Basics: Friday, 09/05/2014 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Suitable for students 12+ and adults. Fee: $5.00 per person (Free if you have purchased a 'scope from H.M.S. Beagle). Presenter: Leif Bahl.

Learn the basics of using your telescope with The Beagle’s astronomer Leif Bahl. Explore the world of telescopes from eyepieces to filters as well the basics of locating planets, stars, and other features in the night sky.

Star Party: Friday, 09/26/2014 - 7:00 pm. Join us for our last Star Party of the season. Bring you own 'scope or share one of ours. Beagle astronomer Leif Bahl will present a short program beginning at 7:00 pm. After the program we'll move outside to to view the planets and starrs and locate some satelites. This month the focus will be on Saturn and Mars.

Chemistry

Make Your Own Perfume: Sunday, 09/14/2014 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Suitable for the entire family. Fee: FREE. Presenter: John Farrell Kuhns.

Explore the world of essential oils and perfumes. Learn about the six scent types (floral, chypre, citrus, fougère, green, and oriental). Each participant will make two different fragrances using a selection of more than 70 different kinds of essential oils. Great fragrances and fun are guaranteed!

The Chemistry and Art of Pigments in Paints: Sunday, 09/27/2014 - 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Suitable for student 12+ and adults. Fee: $35.00. Presenter: John Farrell Kuhns.

Participants will learn a bit of the history of pigments particularly as they relate to paints and painting. They will be given limited variety of pigments; and in one case they will actually learn how to prepare a pigment by starting with one chemical form and transforming it into a suitable pigment.

Participants will learn to grind and mix the pigments into suitable media that will allow the mixtures to be used as either oil paints, acrylic paints or water colors. Emphasis will be on basic pigments derived from nature or created in the lab. We will not be studying synthetic pigments that give us the enormous varieties of colors available to modern artist. Our pallet will be limited as the pallets of the earliest artists. .

Each participant will be given a canvas and/or paper on which to render an original painting. The subject of the painting will be up to each person. The only limitation will be the available colors which can be made from limited number of pigments. Suitable oils, thinners, brushes and equipment will be provided.

If desired, the finished artwork will be displayed at the Beagle and with permission may be offered for sale. After a short period the art will be returned to the artists.

Extra dry pigments, brushes, etc. will be made available for purchase after the workshop.
Join us for a workshop to discuss and practice methods for identifying minerals.  We'll learn about the basics of mineral identification, including how minerals are chemically grouped, and what those groupings can help you to determine about those mysterious minerals in your collection.  Discussions and demonstrations of acid testing, streak testing, flame testing, hardness testing, blowpipe testing, and more.  The registration fee includes a mineral testing kit. 

Geology

Identifying Rocks and Minerals: Monday, 09/22/2014 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Suitable for students 10+ and adults. Fee: $20.00 per person. Presenter: Dr. Charles Spencer.

Renowned geologist and author Charles Spencer (Roadside Geology of Missouri) will lead this workshop on identifying rocks and minerals. Participants will learn about the basics of mineral identification, including how minerals are chemically grouped, and what those groupings can help you to determine about those mysterious minerals in your collection.  Discussions and demonstrations of acid testing, streak testing, hardness testing and more.  Each participant will receive a mineral testing kit. 

Rockets

Beginning Rocket Buildings: Saturday, 09/27/2014 - 10:30 am to Noon. Suitable for students 8+. Fee: $20.00 per person. Presenter: Leif Bahl.

Get Ready for the Beagle's Rocket Science Day and build your own rocket to launch.
Registration includes the Estes rocket kit to build your rocket.

October Skies - 9th Annual Rocket Science Day: Saturday, 10/04/2014 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Suitable for the entire family. Fee: FREE.

Bring your own Estes rocket and join  amateur rocketeers (of all ages!) in launching rockets for prizes and fun! Compete in challenge for spot landings and distance. Rocket kits and engines will be available for purchase. The Kansas City Association of Rocketry will be coordinating the launches and challenges. We expect to launch more than 100 rockets!

Made 23 November 2010
Updated 3 September 2014.