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Mirrors in Space

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Have you seen the incredible images of our universe taken by the James Webb Telescope?  We created our own models of the James Webb Telescope to understand how it works, why it uses mirrors, and more!  

Preparation before the session: 

1. Download and print the NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Model. Use heavier stock paper, if possible. We will have some time to cut the model during the session.  If preferred, participants can pre-cut the pieces before with the help of an adult. 

2. Get an empty 2L soda bottle and tools to cut it in half. We recommend parents either cut the bottle beforehand or closely supervise the child while they cut it.

Preparation for the session:  Get the paper model and bottle, one large metal spoon, round scissors, glue stick or double-sided tape. Optional: an air pump, a cork and masking tape to close and launch the “rocket”.

Expert: Dr. Heidi White is an Astrophysicist at the University of Toronto studying galaxy evolution and cosmic star formation.

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