Purcellville, VA (June 2, 2015) – Woodgrove High School, in cooperation with its PTSO and Bob McMillen, Woodgrove’s astronomy instructor, is raising funds to purchase a Digitalis Portable Planetarium System.
This full-featured portable planetarium will be available for use by all schools within the Woodgrove cluster of Loudoun County Public Schools. (LCPS).
Woodgrove High School is the only Loudoun County school to offer a course in Astronomy. McMillen is a seasoned instructor of astronomy, Earth science, biology and physics with a combined 40 years of experience in the classroom as well as a planetarium director. During his 26 year tenure teaching in the Warren County School System, he successfully funded a portable planetarium for the astronomy program. McMillen later served as the director of the Hayfield Planetarium and Star Theatre at Hayfield Secondary in Fairfax for eight years.
Access to a planetarium system will benefit students of all grade levels. Beyond teaching students to identify objects in the night sky, teachers can augment their science curriculum with demonstrations of solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, Earth’s orbit and the changing of the seasons, historical constellation patterns that were seen by past cultures, atmospheric effects, and a large library of images of deep space objects.
The inflatable dome can accommodate up to 25 adults or 40 children at a time and is the perfect size for a class. It is easily transportable, easy to use, and simple to set up and deflate.
Please visit: http://youtube/sv-SGb2dDy8 to see the Digitalis Portable Planetarium System in action.
If you wish to contribute to the project, the Woodgrove High School PTSO is accepting donations on line via PayPal at: http://www.lcps.org/Page/150106
The Woodgrove PTSO is a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.