Star Gazing with Katie Rabidoux

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“Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight” are…

A whole boat load of them.

Last Thursday me and several residents met up with my Astronomy teacher, Dr. Katie Rabidoux to go star gazing on the roof of Otts. It was amazing! Cold, but amazing!

We got to see see the stars through binoculars, which there are many more than meets the eye. We got to see the Pleiades, the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, Aldebaran, and many more stars.

Here’s what we learned.

  1. Most of the star we see in the sky are larger than the sun
  2. The Pleiades is a group of newly formed large stars that are in the shape of a hook. Kerri and Kelsey pointed out that it looks like the hook from Moana. I then pointed out that ancient Polynesians used a navigation system to travel on the ocean. (I remembered from class!)
  3. Aldebaran, the large red star beneath the Pleiades, is a red giant whose energy is contracting constantly that it looks like it is blinking.
  4. We learned how to find the north star.
  5. We learned that many of the stars we see are thousands of miles apart. They just look close to us.

We learned a lot of other things as well, I just can’t remember them all. πŸ˜€ (Feel free to stop by and I’ll show you my Astronomy book if you want to read anything about stars).

While it was cold, I’m still happy my residents had a good time.

Tayte

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Alliant Energy Hydroelectric Dam Tour

 

Woohoo! Hydodam!

On Nov 2, me, several residents, one of my co-workers, and my boss went to the Alliant Energy Hydroelectric Dam in Prairie du Sac. I had worked with Alliant over the summer and this was one of the tours I got to go on. I loved it, so working with Plant Manager Amanda Blank, I got us a tour to see the plant!

At the plant, we learned the history and mechanics behind the dam. We got lucky and got to see one of the generators and wicket gates being worked on. Same with one of the generators, which was being recoiled with copper. It was awesome!

Additionally, we learned how much impact the dam has on the local communities and the environment. They work with state wildlife efforts to ensure the habitats of the fish communities. They take all the trash that hits their trash racks, pull it out, and dump it back into the river on the other side. While it may sound odd, according to Amanda, they dump the trash back in the river to make it seem like the dam isn’t even there; thus, trying to make everything seem as natural as possible.

Also, because it has a large presence in the community, the dam does it best to ensure safety for all those who come near the dam (Alliant is big on safety). They provide life jackets for children who come to swim with their parents near the dam. Also, they provide maps of areas near the dam that are safe to fish in. A few years ago, they provided tours for the historical society to raise money.

Overall, it was a lot of fun to see the dam again. My residents and co-workers had a lot of fun. Out of everyone, I think Becca, our awesome RD was the most excited to see the dam.

Thank yous go to Amanda Blank and Alliant Energy. πŸ˜€

Tayte

Bridgeway Halloween Bash!

Halloween! A great time to party with friends.

A week ago, we had our Halloween party here in Bridgeway. We had a bunch of games like Pin the Head on the Skeleton, Corn hole, and Witchhat Ring Toss. We played the movie Beetlejuice. Oddly, I still haven’t seen that movie all the way through (I had rounds in the middle of the party!)

We had a ton of food. Cupcakes made by Ellie; veggie trays that looked like a witch and pumpkin; dirt cups with surprises hidden in the dirt; and a lot more. It was a ton of food that we still have leftovers.

Everyone that came had a blast. If you look at the pictures, you can see some of us dressed up in different costumes. I went as a pirate (again). Some of the girls that came dressed up as skeletons and vampires. There were a lot of cool costumes.

Lastly, I found out that playing Blockus with Jake N., Dan from 3rd floor, and RA Gus is very intense, but a lot of fun. πŸ˜€

Tayte

Pumpkin Carving Party!

Hello there!
This past Tuesday we had an awesome pumpkin carving party for 1st floor.

Check out the pictures from the program.

We had a lot of fun. We had a lot of fun food. Everyone watched Scooby Doo the Movie (the live action version). Several people carved a pumpkin. Not to be bias, but I love the Game of Thrones one. πŸ˜€

If you didn’t get to carve a pumpkin, please come to the Halloween Party! You won’t be able to carve it, but you’ll be able to paint a pumpkin. πŸ˜€

Have a great week everyone!

Tayte

The Book of Life movie showing

This Sunday I hosted a movie showing of The Book of Life, a movie that celebrates Mexico’s celebration of Dia de los Muertes, The Day of the Dead.

In the movie we learn about how Dia de los Muertes is the one day of the year the veil is lifted between the worlds of the living and the dead so the dead can come back to their loved ones for a bit. The living honor the dead with food and flowers and music and celebrations.

The Land of The Remembered is where all those who are remembered by the living party all the time. It is ruled by La Muertes. Then there is the Land of The Forgotten, where Xibalba rules. This is where those who have no one living to remember them go.

The movie takes viewers into the culture of Mexico, and shows how colorful and festive it is on this special day. While many in October think of Halloween, there are others who await The Day of the Dead to have their own party with the dead.

If you missed the movie, I highly encourage you to watch it. It’s funny and beautiful and a joy to watch.

Tayte