ADRIAN — Telescope manufacturer PlaneWave Instruments is hosting its first science expo coupled with a campus open house Oct. 1-2 at its headquarters in Adrian.
The expo will run from 11 am to 6 pm each day and will feature a variety of demonstrations, displays, talks and experiences demonstrating scientific accomplishments and processes, according to a news release from PlaneWave.
“We want to give back to the community that has welcomed us by providing a space where art, music, sports, science, and technology can grow and harmonize,” Richard Hedrick, PlaneWave Instruments president and CEO, said in the release.
During the event, guests can tour PlaneWave’s manufacturing facilities, the Adrian Center for the Arts and the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute, all of which reside on PlaneWave’s 57-acre campus. Staff and volunteers from all three organizations will be available to answer questions and explain processes.
PlaneWave talks will include presentations about telescopes, astrophotography, robotics, the PlaneWave origin story, the Adrian Center for the Arts, and the future of the PlaneWave campus. Special presentations will be made by guest speakers Rachel Freed from the Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR) and Michelle Nichols, director of public observing for the Adler Observatory and Planetarium in Chicago.
“The PlaneWave team is so appreciative of the warm reception we received after our move from California in 2019. We are proud of our campus and our campus partners and are looking forward to hosting this event for our community,” Hedrick said.
The event will also feature a “to-scale” campus walkthrough of the solar system, food trucks and live music on the evening of Oct. 1, a make-it-take-it tent for younger attendees, a solar telescope for daytime viewing, and, weather permitting, nighttime observing. Guests can test the physics of flight at the new disc golf course and view the entire line of PlaneWave telescopes, including a telescope designed for laser communication that NASA recently purchased.
The open house and science expo is free, including parking and shuttle service from the Lenawee Intermediate School District Tech Center and Jackson College parking lots on North Main Street.