Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) has introduced a new executive director, and will be hosting an educational demonstration for homeschooled students on Nov. 19.

Stephen F. Saucier to serve as Executive Director. Saucier comes to PARI from the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, where he served as Executive Director for the past four years.

The all-new workshop will feature ways to study the plants based on the student’s grade (K-2, 3-5, 6-12)

“What is a planet” will feature planets and their movement throughout the solar system. Students will use critical thinking skills to create definitions of planets and create categories of solar system objects.

There is a limited number of seats available (25 for each age group), so parents are suggested to enroll early. The cost is $20 per students, and registration can be made online at the PARI website.

PARI has also recently introduced a new executive director. Stephen F. Saucier has worked with the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative for the past four years.

Saucier- SteveIn a PARI press release, president and founder Don Cline said, “PARI is an active member of the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, so many of us here have worked with Steve for several years. We are delighted to now have him as a fulltime, dedicated member of our team. Steve is intimately acquainted with PARI, our operations and our mission, and shares our passion for STEM education. He is also an ideal fit for the aggressive growth plans we are developing. In addition to supervising the day-to-day operations at PARI, Steve will be tasked with overseeing the development of a master plan for PARI that will encompass all aspects of our initiatives in science, education and public outreach. We are confident he is the right person to guide us into an even greater presence locally, regionally and nationally.”

Saucier will continue the sessions for homeschooled students through the fall.