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Highland Road Park Observatory


Current Roster: 64 Active Cadets
Galactic Plaques Issued: 20

Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
For Cadets ages eight to twelve
$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet
Minimum four Cadets and maximum sixteen Cadets per session
Walk-ins welcome, but parents can register up to three weeks ahead of time either in person at HRPO, over the phone (card must be in caller’s name), or online via WebTrac

(or use Keyword Search and type “STEM”)

CAUTION: Deadline for any SA session to achieve minimum registration required is the day before (Friday) at 6:00 pm!
ATTENTION: The first four registrants for an SA session receive multiple door prize tickets!

Science Academy Historic Standalones

Science Academy Picture Archive
(Updated August 16, 2019)

(Updated November 29)

DESCRIPTION: Under the guidance of HRPO Education Program Specialist Amy Northrop, Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy—at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth♁ and the Moon, asteroids and comets, the electromagnetic spectrum and the American space program. During the entertaining visual presentation, Cadets take part in hands-on demonstrations, crafts and experiments! Most session are part of a themed groups of sessions, but kids never have to make a commitment to attend all sessions of a group. Periodically (an average of once a month), there are “standalone” sessions that will never be repeated; those sessions are often quite popular.

ENTRY INTO THE ACADEMY/CADET RANKINGS: The first session of attendance, the child is a “Recruit.” Afterwards he or she begins to rise through the ranks of the Academy, earning the title of Lunar Cadet, and then Solar Cadet. Ultimately, with a lot of perseverance and hard work the child may reach the pinnacle of Science Academy accomplishments that has only been reached by eighteen so far—Galactic Cadet!

DROP-OFF: Though parents are welcome to stay, they have the option of leaving their children for the duration of Science Academy instead of staying with them. Parents can drop off children as early as 9:45 am and pick them up as late as 12:15 pm. The privilege to leave a child alone exists only if the parent has filled out a “Registration Form” and “Rules and Regulations” form, which are obtained at HRPO.

DOOR PRIZE: At the end of each session there is an exciting door prize drawing. The prizes, all related to science, come in three “levels.” A child who has won the level one prize will win the level two prize next time; those who won level two during earlier sessions will win the grand level three prize! The level one and two prizes are announced ahead of time; the level three prize is secret and is specific to each Cadet; higher-ranked Cadets and older Cadets receive higher-end level three prizes!

EARLY ENTRY RULE: An Early Entry is allowed to seven-and-a-half year-olds if at least one of three requirements is satisfied:

  1. The child attended HRPO Summer Camp at age six or seven.
  2. The child’s parent/guardian is a member of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and the child is actively pursuing a child-level observing certificate.
  3. The child has viewed the Sun☉, the Moon and the other eight planets through a telescope at HRPO.

EXTENSION RULE: An Extension is available for Cadets who began Science Academy when older than eight years of age. This is to insure interested Cadets reach the highest possible ranking.

In order to take advantage of the Extension, a Cadet’s parent/guardian must attend a brief, free-of-charge private meeting with HRPO personnel describing HRPO’s STEM Expansion (for twelve- to sixteen-year-olds) and Apprenticeship Program (for thirteen- to seventeen-year-olds).

of at least Mercurian Level

Kuiper Belt: Jake F.
Neptunian: Kade S.
Saturnian: Arianna R.
Jovian: Keertan S.
Martian: Daniel C., Matthew D., Roshan K., Laura M., Tiger Y.
Venusian: Mark A., Irene C., Sophie M., Kaelin S., Luke T., Jack W.
Mercurian: Christopher B., Viraaj K., William L., Bhaskar M., Emmett M., Frances P.

Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 10:54 AM.

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