I've been thinking of ways to get my extracurriculars list improved in order to reflect the current major I'm thinking of applying for (which is Astronomy/Astrophysics), and the main idea I have as of now is to found an Astronomy Club at my high school (to get a higher tier EC). I can't think of many activities to incorporate into the club, though. So far I was considering having club members work together to complete a research project or answer an inquiry question. I was also considering having one or two large projects, like constructing a telescope or something, but nothing else jumped out at me. Does anyone have any ideas for other potential things we could do, or another club I could try to found next year?
To give you a better idea of our school, our magnet school has around 400 students (9-12th) and very limited funding of our own, since we're public/smaller. Because of that, big budget things like a trip to go stargazing would be something really difficult (but not impossible) to pull off. Our size makes me worry that I wouldn't get many interested students as well.
Anything is appreciated! Thanks!
1. Go to a museum or observatory
2. Chart the constellations
3. calculating the rise and set times for a star
4. Draw own map of the moon
5. Camp out on a clear night and make observations or make it a photography workshop
6. Learn about the history of the study of astronomy and the devices they used (like the astrolabe)
7. Ask an expert to give a talk at your school, Talk to local universities, clubs, and community colleges to find speakers. Have local astronomers come to share their astrophotos.
Both a research project and building a telescope sounds like great ideas!
See if you can partner with a local university or research lab to do your project and if you can enter competitions or get your work published in a scientific journal.
I hope this helps!
A club is not strictly necessary but a blog could work as well join an established physics club and have a month or something devoted to astrophysicist.
If you make a club you can likely have it be revenue neutral by either printing materials and use prepaid materials. Also try asking a counselor principal vice principal if you can volunteer at sporting games and sell concessions and see if your club can take a cut.
PS stargazing can be organized out of school it assuming you mom/dad/guardian is willing to volunteer.
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