Each night during an overnight program, whether it be a residential program here at KSS or an off-site camping program, students will participate in evening activities tied to the particular curriculum goals of the program. All evening activities are more like a classroom format with a 25:1 student to instructor ratio and facilitated directly by a professional KSS instructor and might include team building, academic subjects, astronomy, or a campfire.
The primary focus of these activities is to inspire collaboration and teamwork, a lesson, which will be carried throughout all KSS programming.
Academic activities serve as an extension of the field day. All academic evening programs are engaging, hands-on activities or demonstrations which tie into the academic theme of the overall program.
Keystone Science School’s state-of-the-art observatory features a 14inch reflecting telescope with enough power to view objects in deep space. Our observatory can hold approximately 10 students at a time. In order to logistically facilitate this program students can participate in other astronomy-based activities, a campfire or other academic activities in conjunction with an observatory experience.
A campfire is a community-building and memorable experience for students and teachers. A KSS instructor may lead an evening of songs and skits facilitated by KSS instructors, or schools may choose a student-driven campfire, which is similar to a talent show full of songs and skits from students.