New School Montessori students in our (6-9) level have been learning about the creation of our universe. They’re studying the planets, the stars and how Earth was created. They visited the Cincinnati Observatory in Hyde Park and were amazed at the building and its telescopes.
The following week, representatives from the observatory visited us at The New School and taught students how stars are clustered in ways that look like objects or people. When you connect the dots, it’s not hard to see how 3 tight stars make up Orion’s belt and the three additional stars pointing downward are part of Orion’s sword. The student in the photo is wearing stars in the same configuration as Orion does in the sky.
Students also learned how stars have been used for navigation on seas and helped slaves to escape northward to freedom.