The KAS meets on the first Friday of almost every month at 7:00 pm in the presentation center of the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics & Science
), located on the fourth floor of Old Central High School (600 West Vine
Street). Our general meetings are open to the public and admission is always FREE.
Parking is available in the main lot or along Dutton Street. You may enter Old Central through the Dutton Street entrance. Please
arrive before 7:10 pm, otherwise you may get locked out. Elevator access to the fourth floor is available. Meeting days, times
and locations may vary, please check the Schedule of Events
page before attending a meeting.
The first hour is generally the entertainment portion of the meeting with a discussion period in the second hour after a snack
break. The program topics vary from month to month. Some of the programs are:
- Video Presentations
- Lectures on Robotic and Manned Space Exploration
- Lectures on Amateur and Professional Astronomy
Sometimes our meetings have a special theme. In August we have our annual "Perseid Potluck Picnic" and members share their special creations that help enhance the observing
experience. This is called "Gadget Night" and is one of our oldest traditions (dating back to at least 1954). The October meeting is "Astrophotography Night." Members show off
their best images of the cosmos. In December we hold our annual meeting and "Winter Solstice Party" with lots of treats and surprises.
We have had a wide variety of guest speakers over the years. Some of the topics have ranged from telescope construction to the evolution of
galaxies in the early universe.
Many of our excellent guest speakers have come from the surrounding colleges and universities. Some of these institutions include:
- Albion College
- Central Michigan University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Grand Rapids Community College
- Kalamazoo College
- Loyola University (Chicago)
- Michigan State University
- Michigan Technological University
- Northwest Michigan College
- University of Michigan
- University of Notre Dame
- Western Michigan University
Please visit the Schedule of Events
page for the latest information on upcoming meetings.
You can view images from past meetings in the General Meeting Gallery