Four student groups from Missouri University of Science and Technology are hosting “Space Week 2014,” a series of programs designed to educate the public about the wonders of space exploration, engineering and astronomy.
Missouri S&T’s Micro Satellite, Mars Rover, Miners in Space and Advanced Aero Vehicle Group (AAVG) student design teams will host space-themed events from Monday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 8. Each team will host an educational outreach component geared toward K-12 students. All events are free and open to the public. Other events during the week include guest speakers and an on-campus trivia night.
Space Week will conclude with a keynote presentation from Dr. Lisa Storrie-Lombardi, manager of the Spitzer Space Center and assistant director for ground-based astronomy at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in St. Pat’s Ballroom of the Havener Center. A reception will be held at 1:30 p.m. and Storrie-Lombardi will speak at 2 p.m.
On Monday, Nov. 3, the following events will be held:
– At 6 p.m. in Room 199 Toomey Hall, the Micro Satellite and AAVG teams will co-host an event for K-3 graders to teach them the basics of rocket science.
– At 8 p.m. in Room 140 Toomey Hall, Capt. Benjamin H. Seabough, assistant professor of aerospace studies at Missouri S&T, will present a lecture on GPS satellite production, launch and on-orbit test experiences and lessons learned.
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the following event will be held:
– At 8 p.m. in Room 211 McNutt Hall, Dr. William Fahrenholtz, Curators’ Professor of Ceramic Engineering at Missouri S&T, will present a guest lecture.
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, the following events will be held:
– At 5:30 p.m. in the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall atrium, the Mars Rover team will host a tour of the planets for children in grades 4-6. Participants will complete an activity at stations for each planet and receive stickers on their planetary passport.
– At 8 p.m. in the Meramec-Gasconade Room of the Havener Center, Dr. Michael Storrie-Lombardi, former chief scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will present “The Robotic Search for Life a Long Way from Home.”
On Thursday, Nov. 6, the following events will be held:
– At 7 p.m. the AAVG team will host an event titled “Large Rockets” for students in grades 9-12. Participants will build rockets with the help of the team. Check web.mst.edu/~spaceweek for location.
– At 7 p.m. in Room 140 Toomey Hall, Dr. David Riggins, Curators’ Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, will present a guest lecture.
On Friday, Nov. 7, the following events will be held:
– At 6 p.m. in the Missouri-Ozark Room of the Havener Center, the Mars Rover team will host a space-themed trivia night.
For more information, visit Space Week’s website at web.mst.edu/~spaceweek or email firstname.lastname@example.org.