ALAMOGORDO ― Bring your magnifying glasses, flashlights, and even sunglasses to Trip the Light Fantastic—literally—at Science Saturday at 10 a.m., Nov. 9 in the Tombaugh Education Building at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
“Our Education Department can’t wait to show off their new optics bench for Science Saturday. Attendees will get to play with the basics of light, cameras, and projectors,” Museum Director Chris Orwoll said. The optics bench, a donation from Explora! in Albuquerque, will be set up in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building for Science Saturday and then move into the extra wide hallways near the New Horizons Dome Theater.
Scientists and engineers use optical benches to test new layouts for lenses, mirrors, filters and cameras. The Museum’s bench lets kids of all ages tinker with lenses that enlarge and shrink, eyepieces, and other tools that slide along a metal bar leading to a screen where they project images.
The bench has a menu to guide visitors through seven activities that illustrate basic principles of how light is used. Guests are invited to bring magnifying lenses, flashlights, sunglasses, and curved makeup mirrors that can be added to the bench and create even more activities to explore.
Science Saturday is free to the public and happens every second Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. until noon. It is designed to be a fun and educational program for kids of all ages, with a different scientific focus each month.