After nearly 18 months of development, the labor of educational love known as “Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space” is ready for launch!
See below for official press release:
Flagstaff, Ariz. — The wonders of the solar system are now on display for young kids in the new animated series “Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space!” Geared to kids aged 4 to 8, the 11-part series is produced by Lowell Observatory, where each episode begins.
Created to further Lowell’s educational outreach mission, the series takes kids to the eight major planets, the Sun, the Moon, and, of course, Pluto! In each episode, an animated version of Percival Lowell and a robotic assistant named Miss Kitty travel from the Observatory’s campus to study these solar-system objects in a spaceship version of Mr. Lowell’s car, a functioning 1911 Stevens-Duryea nicknamed “Big Red”.
Each episode includes an accompanying workbook produced in cooperation with Northern Arizona University’s College of Education. The series and workbooks were developed to fit state and federal science teaching standards.
“Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space” is a unique educational tool meant to introduce appropriate scientific concepts to young kids through the engaging lens of astronomy. Major funding for the project comes from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Robert Martin Ayers Sciences Fund, and the David and Stacy Lerner Foundation (in memory of David Lerner).
Today, we launch Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space! Would you like to join us?
Visit http://www.lowell.edu/unclepercy.php for episodes and workbooks.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Chuck Wendt, Lowell Observatory, (928) 233-3201, cwendt[at]lowell[dot]edu
About Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory is a private, non-profit research institution founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell. The Observatory has been the site of many important findings including the discovery of the large recessional velocities (redshift) of galaxies by Vesto Slipher in 1912-1914 (a result that led ultimately to the realization the universe is expanding), and the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. Today, Lowell’s 22 astronomers use ground-based telescopes around the world, telescopes in space, and NASA planetary spacecraft to conduct research in diverse areas of astronomy and planetary science. The Observatory welcomes about 80,000 visitors each year to its Mars Hill campus in Flagstaff, Arizona for a variety of tours, telescope viewing, and special programs. Lowell Observatory currently has four research telescopes at its Anderson Mesa dark sky site east of Flagstaff, and is testing and commissioning a 4-meter class research telescope, the Discovery Channel Telescope. For more information, visit lowell.edu