Public speaking

I love to teach kids and grown-ups about astronomy and writing. My talks are visual and energetic, and they always include an activity and audience participation. Until this COVID-19 nonsense is over, I will be addressing audiences via Zoom (or your preferred remote lecture platform). Click on the Contact link above if you’d like me to visit. I charge $100 for a 1-hour remote presentation. 20-minute remote school visits are free.

Here are some of the places I’ve spoken. If you’d like to see one of my talks, click here.

2020

November 12, Gainfield School: How to write a feature articles

  • Lucy Calkins If…Then… 5th grade unit on feature articles
  • Answered student questions about my writing process
  • Advice about how to choose a topic, plan, research, and revise

August 28, Adirondack Sky Center (zoom): “Our Marvelous Moon”

  • How to observe the Moon; what all those Moon names mean
  • Includes a take-home worksheet
  • all ages, with an emphasis on kids 6-14

2019

July 18, West Springfield (MA) Public Library: “Our Marvelous Moon”

  • How to observe the Moon; what causes craters; how the Moon was formed
  • Includes a hands-on crater-making activity and a take-home worksheet
  • grades 1-4

2017

July 18, West Springfield (MA) Public Library: “The Great American Eclipse”

  • What an eclipse is; what happens during a solar eclipse; how to observe one safely.
  • ages 5-13

August 8, West Springfield (MA) Public Library: “The Great American Eclipse”

  • What an eclipse is and how to observe safely + weird history of eclipses
  • ages 12 and up

August 9, Wellesley (MA) Free Library: “The Great American Eclipse”

  • What an eclipse is; what happens during a solar eclipse; how to observe one safely; weird history and mythology of eclipses.
  • ages 5-17

August 17, East Bend (OR) Library: “Weird History of Eclipses”

  • Strange historical events associated with eclipses; interesting scientific advances; eclipse mythology from many cultures.
  • ages 14 and up

August 18, Redmond (OR) Library: “What to Expect When It’s Eclipsing”

  • What an eclipse is; what happens during a total solar eclipse; how to observe one safely.
  • all ages
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