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Activity 1: Story - The Stargazer Who Discovered a Comet

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read and prepare to tell the story of Unitarian and astronomer, Maria Mitchell (1818-1889). Note: "Maria" is pronounced "Ma-RYE-ah."

Description of Activity

Gather the group to hear a story. Tell them the story is about Maria Mitchell, who lived from 1818 to 1889 and was a Unitarian and an astronomer. You may tell them she grew up on an island, Nantucket, and was the first woman to have a comet named after her, and the first woman professor of astronomy at Vassar College.

After the story, invite participants to briefly share their reflections and initial thoughts. Tell them you will discuss the story in more depth in Council Circle.

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