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STEAM-tastic at Black Mountain Campus
Calendar: PAS Public Event Calendar
Event Posted By: Terri Finch  
03-05-2020 04:00 PM to 09:30 PM
STEAM-tastic at Black Mountain Campus
Over 80 Indoor Activities for kids of all ages (adults included)
begining at 4pm to 7:30pm
And the Star Party outdoors - Weather Permitting -
will be from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
RSVP is requested just in case weather is bad and we need to let you know
the star party portion of the event will not happen on this night.
However, the indoor portion of the event will still happen.

More details to come.
PAS Members wishing to bring telesopes or do a demo for this event, RSVP in the Private Calendar here:

Public Star Party at Black Mountain Campus (BMC)

Whole Event is from 4pm to 9:30pm
Indoor: 4pm to 9:30pm
Outdoor Star Party: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Star Party set up is 5:30pm
Moon in Daytime 82% lit
Highlights of this night are: Venus & Orion Nebula

Bring a Friend!
Bring the whole family.
Please RSVP with Terri to attend

Please provide in your RSVP the number in your party, plus the date and description of the event you are attending. PAS has RSVP's come in 2-3 months in advance. I can assume you mean the next possible star party, or you can make sure I know which event you wish to RSVP for. Thank you.

Public attendance... RSVP's for public attendance can be emailed to Terri at Please include the date of the event and name of the event you wish to attend and the number in your party.
An auto response will be returned to you with an update about the event. The auto response will start going out on Friday Oct 27, with info about the weather and if the event is happening or canceled due to weather. It is highly recommended you RSVP through email to get this notice.

Activities may include:

* Mike, Meteorites Man - come touch and feel real meteorites.
* Viewing through our telescopes

PVCC Black Mountain
34250 N. 60th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

More details can be read about in the PAS Forums at this link:

The Public calls with their RSVP and asks these same questions almost every time.... so, i present the answers here.
1) This event is open to everyone. Come take a look through our high powered telescopes.
2) This event has the ability to be wheel chair friendly. However, you might not be able to see through a scope that is looking at an object closer to the horizon, if you can not stand up from your wheel chair for some of the taller scopes.
3) This event also starts when it gets dark enough to see something in the night sky, and ends at 9:30. The public does not have to attend at the start of the event, but they do have to leave at the end of the event. Come and go as you please.
Additional notes: I highly recommend that you look through each telescope at least 2 times during the evening, as the telescope operators will be moving to new objects as new objects become availble and the previous objects disappear from view.

PAS members are setting up 10-14 telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Please help us keep these events Admission FREE by following these rules.
a) Please NO White light in the observing area. If your phone rings, take the call away from the observing deck so that your white like will not affect other attendees night vision.
b) Please DO NOT touch the telescopes.

PAS Members please RSVP your attendance below.
A minimum of 1 scope and 1 public RSVP will
keep this event happening. RSVP today!
Public RSVP is by Email to Please include number in your party. Thanks.
This event is Weather Permitting. Bad Weather WILL cancel this event.

Here's the map of where to park on the campus to attend this event:

Can't make it to this event but wanna see a list of upcoming Fall and Spring events like this one? Here's the Upcoming Black Mountain Campus Star Party schedule for Fall 2019 into Spring 2020:

PAS Members attending, please RSVP below...

Update from BMC PVCC Feb 19:
This spring, PVCC at Black Mountain (Cave Creek location) will host the 7th annual STEAMtastic! The event uses an innovative, hands-on, approach to promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education. The goal of the event is to make STEAM fun, by showing attendees how science, technology, engineering, arts, and math are a part of their everyday life. We hope to encourage students to further explore these fields and view STEAM careers as attainable. Event activities are intentionally selected to address the STEAM fields and make STEAM accessible to both volunteers, and community members of varied ages and backgrounds. Activities include a potato launcher, sow science, make a lung, molecular gastronomy, subzero science, a glow in the dark room, and much, much more. Once night falls, the event becomes a Star Party. The dark skies of Cave Creek provide the perfect opportunity for viewing numerous constellations. The Phoenix Astronomical society and PVCC Astronomy Faculty will provide telescopes and help you make the most of this opportunity to view the night sky. The Black Mountain campus also features a 14 inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. This telescope collects 3,136 times more light than the human eye, allowing viewers to explore the colors of the Orion Nebula and storms on Jupiter.
STEAMtastic is a Signature Event of AZ SciTech which helps promote STEM in Arizona.
The event is free to the public and designed for all ages.
Thursday, March 5th, 2020
5:00p - 7:30p | STEAMtastic
7:00p - 10:00p | Star Party
34250 N 60th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 | 602-493-2600

Update of Mar 2:
This year STEAMtastic is in itís 7th year and one of the premier SciTech events in the state of Arizona! STEAMtastic is a hands-on approach to show how FUN science, technology, engineering, arts, math, music, and much more can be. The goal of the event is to show science in everyday life.
STEAMtastic is a Signature Event of AZ SciTech which helps promote STEM in Arizona.
The event is free to the public and designed for all ages.
STEAM is more fun when you bring your family and friends. Help us promote STEAMtastic through your social media. If you have Facebook you can also Share the Event post
Thursday, March 5th, 2020
5:00p -7:30p | STEAMtastic
7:00p -10:00p | Star Party
PVCC at Black Mountain campus
34250 N 60th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 | 602-493-2600
RSVP'd Yes: 5
  • Ted Blank [02-13-2020 12:18 PM] - 8" reflector
  • Sam Insana [02-13-2020 01:07 PM] - 8 inch reflector
  • Mike Marron [02-13-2020 03:41 PM] - Meteorites and with Ophelia
  • Peter Turner [02-27-2020 10:52 PM] - 12" Dob
  • Calvin Vance [03-04-2020 12:06 AM] - 6" dob, 15x70 binoculars
RSVP'd No: 5
  • Terri Finch [02-13-2020 11:51 AM] - William & Terri NOT available for this event.
  • Mark Johnston [02-13-2020 12:03 PM] - In Florida
  • Paul Facuna [03-03-2020 04:36 PM]
  • Don Boyd [03-03-2020 05:33 PM] - No ride
  • Ray Adams [03-05-2020 10:14 AM] - won't be able to make it.
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