MSRAL 2020


Friday, June 12th to Sunday, June 14th at Jenks, Oklahoma
The Mid-States Regional Astronomical League Conference 2020

Is being hosted by Astronomy Club of Tulsa and Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomer.  This year, 2020, MSRAL will be held on the third floor of the Jenks High School Planetarium in the Math and Science Building located at 205 East "B" Street, Jenks, OK 74037. 


Registration and conferences will be held here on the third floor along with the Friday night meal.  After dinner, the attendees are invited to the ACT Observatory in Mounds, OK for a star party and observing scavenger hunt for the youth.  This is about 35 to 40 minutes from the conference location.  (see VENUE tab for map)


This year, there will be a Student MSRAL Conference held in the Jenks High School Planetarium that is open to high school students 9th - 12th grades only.  The peer run conference will be accessible to all students - blind/legally blind, deaf/hearing impaired and non-ambulatory.  Because of a special project the youth are working on, adults are asked to attend their conference to allow students to have an element of surprise and for the peer run conference to be a great experience.


Across the hall from the planetarium is the large conference room where the adult program will be held.   In between these two conference sites is the lobby, vendor, swap meet, reception area with seating for networking and vendor visits.


The Saturday night banquet is a full service, plated meal held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Oklahoma Rooms I - III.   This hotel is across from Oral Roberts University at 7902 S. Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74136.   (see VENUE tab for map) 


Room discounts have been offered here with block room rates.  For The Crowne Plaza booking portal and room rates go to VENUE tab.

Student MSRAL Conference

With the partnership of Dan Zielenski, Planetarium Director, Jenks High School and 2018 Horkheimer Smith Award winner and Co-Vice Chair of this event, Abby Bollenbach, together will host the student program in the planetarium  Saturday and Sunday morning.

Students will put finishing touches on their special project, make a buckey ball, student talks, conduct solar observing and sketching with tactile sun spot activity for blind/visually impaired students.

Door prizes and giveaways specifically for youth.


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Dr. Kathryn Garner-Vandy is an Assistant Professor of Aviation and Space at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.  She has a PhD in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona and a BS Geology summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma, where she also learned how to fly.  Dr. Kat's two main loves are space and flight.  Her research interests include the study of meteorites, planetary differentiation, commercial space flight, student pilot flight training, and STEM education in underrepresented groups.  She lives in Tulsa with her husband and four children and in her spare time, she enjoys boxing and weight lifting.


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