As Stevenson continues to strengthen its commitment to place-based learning, students enjoy rich opportunities for experiential learning in the surrounding area.

Over the weekend of October 8-10, Stevenson’s astronomy class traveled to Lake San Antonio County Park to join the San Jose Astronomical Association for their annual CalStar Star Party.

The class brought three of Stevenson’s field telescopes, and were treated to spectacular views of Venus, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, Saturn, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda Galaxy.

The Pirate astronomers did more at the Star Party than just view what they could identify through their telescopes. They worked alongside other astronomers and astrophotographers to observe open and globular clusters, nebulae, supernova remnants, stellar nurseries, and double stars. The students will draw from this experience over the remainder of the astronomy course.

Evie ’27 shared, “The trip was amazing. I was able to see some cool things I wouldn’t have otherwise seen and to camp with a group of really fun peers. I also enjoyed being able to learn from the astronomers we met. All in all, it was an amazing trip filled with laughs and harmonicas, as well as stars.”

Click here to view photos from the trip.