TIA has a Star Party every other year. This event was held in October of 2019 and it was the fifth Star party that TIA has had. This Star Party was held at one campus therefore students from the other three campuses brought their projects to share with everyone at the East campus.
2019 Star Party
Every two years the high school studies earth science so the whole K-12 school will do a unit study related to the universe and solar system. As a result, this allows each teacher to teach something age-appropriate in earth science. The students create presentations for their particular subject matter. Then they bring them to one campus to showcase them to everyone else. The reason TIA has the Star Party is it’s a great opportunity for the kids to display their work for the parents. Everyone learns new things by interacting with all the different projects. It also provides a good reason to get the parents, students, and TIA staff together in a fun friendly, learning atmosphere.
Campus Star Party Theme
Each TIA campus has a theme. The West campus theme was the moon landing. The East campus theme was based on their curriculum science class. The Broadway campus was centered more on history. Therefore their curriculum included the Greek’s study of constellations which made for a good cross-curricular study between history and science. The Midvale campus theme was the solar system.
In addition to the student projects, the Tucson Amature Astronomy Association was invited. The TAAA set up some of their high powered expensive telescopes so that everyone could observe Jupiter, stars, other planets, and satellites as they pass by.
TIA loves having people that are knowledgeable visit the school to share their expertise with the kids. Hence this provides a way that TIA can get the community involved to help broaden the outlook of the students.
Click here for more information about the Tucson Amature Astronomy Association.