Young Kids Leave Their Mark on UMaine Astronomy Center


ORONO - Construction is well underway on the University of Maine campus for the new Emera Astronomy Center.  On Monday some little astronauts had the chance to be a part of the construction project.


"It's really cool, because we are going to be on a building." Says Matthew of Old Town. Just one of the dozens of kids writing their names on one of the iron beams, on part of the frame work for the new building.


"That was so cool." Says 10 year old Elle of Old Town.  "I feel really special because I get to do something that not a lot of kids get to do, and it was a really good feeling."


With a love for space, what better way to help motivate these youngsters than by giving them the chance to be a part of something out of this world.


"I love learning about the different things, like how many people have been to the moon." Says Elle.


"What better way to help motivate these youngsters than by giving them the chance to be a part of something out of this world." Says Alan Davenport, director of the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium.


Expected to open up next spring, the Planetarium will provide students a wider variety of opportunities in the astronomy field.


Davenport says, "We can now show the depth of Space. We can actually travel through Space in the new system."


While this building isn't looking into Space just yet, it is certainly the start of a new era of Space exploration here in Maine.

Andrew Scheinthal

Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.

Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).

When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.

Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!

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