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"Astronomy Adventure With Copernicus” Program

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We Invite Junior High and High-School Students to Take Part In the

"Astronomy Adventure With Copernicus” Program
Summer Science camp
at the Kopernik Observatory in Vestal, NY

Twenty contest winners will spend an expenses-paid week at the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center.* Awards will be granted in two age groups: 7-8 grade students and 9-12 grade students to a total of 20 summer-camp participants

Kopernik Observatory and Science Center*
698 Underwood Road, Vestal NY 13850
(near Binghamton, NY)

In order to qualify for camp attendance, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Their parents must be members of the PSFCU.
• Children must attend grade 7 through 12 (during the 2008/2009 school year).
• Children must write an essay, in either Polis or English, on the following topic: “How can the example of Nicholas Copernicus and the financial support of Our Union assist me in becoming a scientist?” Completed essay must be mailed in an electronic format (MS Word or PDF file), together with address and telephone number, to, by April 30, 2009.
• Essays must be positively graded by the selection committee consisting of Polish school teachers.

Authors of the awarded essays will attend a week-long summer science camp at the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center during one of the following camp sessions: 7-8 grade students: July 5-11 or 12-18, 2009; 9-12 grade students: July 19-25 or July 26 – August 1, 2009.*

Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their children to and from the camp, and for completing all other formalities required by the Kopernik Observatory* (including having a medical form filled out by a physician). Qualified participants, for whom the PSFCU will cover the cost of attending the week-long camp, will be notified by phone and via e-mail. Special award ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM on May 14, 2009 at the PSFCU Headquarters located at 100 McGuinness Blvd. in Brooklyn.

For detailed information: log on to or call the Observatory at 607-748-3685 ext. 303 (Ms. Kristen Gordon), in Polish at 607-723-8042 (Ms. Valentina Kozlowski).

The Observatory was established by the Kopernik Society*, a Polish-American organization which is currently tasked with its administration. For the last 30 years, it has been the best public observatory in North-Eastern United States.
The students will observe planets and moons of the Solar System, find out about the newest discoveries, study the possibility of space missions and the use of robots. They will attend sessions of solar astral-photography using the telescope and other devices. Other attractions are also planned. Accommodations will be provided at the dormitories of the nearby Binghamton University.


* The Kopernik Society is not affiliated with the PSFCU. PSFCU is not responsible for any cancellations or date changes of the camp sessions, or for the camp program. PSFCU is not responsible for the safety of students during camp attendance.

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