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Cayuga Museum Hosting Eclipse-Themed STEAM Fair Sunday


To celebrate the total solar eclipse, one local museum is hosting its first-ever STEAM Fair.

The Cayuga Museum of History & Art in Auburn will hold the free family-friendly event Sunday at its Carriage House Theater. Karyn Radcliffe, the museum’s Director of Collections, told Finger Lakes News Radio that a wide variety of groups will be on hand to host activities connected to the eclipse.

“[It’s a] festival featuring organizations from across the area and they’ll be providing hands-on activities – there’s going to be some art projects people can do as well – all related to aspects of the eclipse,” said Radcliffe.

Participating organizations include Cornell University – Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility, FLX Local Media, Independent Artist Jenna Cohen, National Park Service, Seward House Museum, SUNY Cortland Planetarium, SUNY ESF PhD student Theodore Black, and Technology Alliance of Central New York. More information on each organization can be found on the museum’s website.

The Case Research Lab will also be open for tours. Radcliffe added that the lab, which is part of the museum, has a special connection to the science surrounding eclipses.

“We discovered that Ted Case had ties to the last eclipse,” continued Radcliffe. “He and Colby of the Colby Radio Research Lab went up to the top of the Masonic building to take measurements of different aspects of the last eclipse in 1925.”

The Eclipse STEAM Fair will run from 1:00-4:00p.

The fair is part of the museum’s larger weekend of activities and programming to mark the eclipse. A full list of the organization’s planned events can be found here.

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