Galaxy Garden Workshop

Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 10am to 4pm at UC San Diego, Price Center East ballroom

Galaxy Garden Galaxy Garden Jon Lomberg

Come join us for an out-of-this-world experience!

Hear the story of the Galaxy Garden, and learn how you can import this concept as a science project/activity. Your galactic guide is Clarke Center Visiting Scholar Jon Lomberg, one of the foremost artists inspired by astronomy. His 25-year partnership with Carl Sagan produced some of the most important science inspired art of our time, including his Emmy-Award winning work as Chief Artist for the original TV series "COSMOS" (read more). Jon has developed teaching activities using large-scale, explorable model galaxies that can be done indoors or outdoors.

In the morning he will share the story of the famous astronomy attraction in Hawaii called Galaxy Garden, the Earth’s first large-scale walk-through model of our galaxy based on his "Portrait of the Milky Way" mural painted for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. (read more). There will be plenty of time for discussion and sharing ideas. In the afternoon you will help construct a temporary model Milky Way, and then discuss ways teachers have used this activity at their schools.

You will be served a lunch, afternoon coffee and snacks. We are asking a $10 donation per person toward food, materials and handouts. The donation is voluntary, but those donating will receive first priority to get in to this event!

TO REGISTER: Contact us at Put “Galaxy Garden Workshop” in the subject line of your email. Provide your name and address, and let us know if you’d like to make a donation, and we’ll let you know how to do that.

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We are grateful to the Change Happens Foundation for their support for this event.


Galaxy Garden


9:00am - 10:00am Check-in
10:00am - 10:15am Introductions and expectations
10:15am - 11:30am Presentation: The Galaxy Garden followed by Q & A.
11:30am - 1pm* Discussion of experiential astronomy learning, what teachers have been doing and how they imagine using the Galaxy Garden concept at their own schools, indoor and outdoor, various materials and activities, documentation and sharing results.
1:30pm - 3:30pm** Build model galaxy with fishing line grid, paper plates, spattered paint, toothpicks, Play Dough, etc.
3:30pm - 4:00pm Discuss galaxy model activities, local neighborhood, SETI search, cosmic model

*At noon we’ll take a short break, and lunches will arrive. Discussion will continue through lunch.

**There will be a break with snacks and coffee during this time period. Discussions will continue.

Contact us at with any questions or comments.