Johannes Kepler Visits Barrett Students!

Posted by Allyson Greene at 12/8/2008 9:00:00 PM

Today, students in grades 2-5 were paid a special visit by famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler! Mr. Kepler was instrumental in proving the idea that our Sun was in the center of the solar system, not the Earth. He wrote about planets revolving around the Sun in elliptical patterns, as well as the Sun-centered solar system.

Mr. Kepler lived in Prague during the 1600’s and studied mathematics and religion. Our students were able to hold coins from this time period, as well to learn about the important discoveries from other famous scientists–Tycho Brahe, Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton. All of these men are referred to as the ‘giants’ who were curious about the universe and were not afraid to speak what they believed to be true. It took each one of their findings to piece together the understanding of our solar system. In other words, each helped each other to think!

Below you will find pictures from today’s presentation, as well as a link to a special song written for Galileo’s telescope, which enabled this ‘giant’ scientist to prove that the Earth is a planet which revolves around the Sun. This song has significant meaning as the year 2009 will be honored as the International Year of Astronomy. This upcoming year, 2009, will be the 400th year anniversary of Galileo’s discovery and making of the first telescope. It was this telescope that created the template for other telescopes designed to explore and learn about our universe. Hubble Space Telescope is one of the many magnificiant telescopes based on the ideas of Galileo and these other ‘giant’ scientists!

Mr. Kepler’s visit hopefully was a fun time for our students and gave them a sense that anyone with a curious, open mind can become a ‘Giant’ Scientist!

For more information about our presenter, please visit: www.johaneneskepler.org

Link to the song, “Shoulders of Giants”: http://www.astrocappella.com/songs/ShouldersOfGiants.mp3

Pictures from today’s performances:

earth earthflat diagram scope

kids hourglass weaver moises

lunch jasmine melunch lab

labtalk class