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National Geographic Live: Exploring Mars, May 14

An engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an inspiring advocate for space exploration, Kobie Boykins helped design the solar panels that powered the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, for long past their expected life spans. He worked on the Mars Science Laboratory that is currently en route to the Red Planet, contributing to experiments that will search for water. An engaging, energetic speaker who puts a fresh face on America’s space program, Boykins will recount the Mars program’s amazing successes, and offer a look at the possibilities just lying ahead.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
1601 Broadway, Kansas City MO

Call (816 )994-7222 for ticket information

NASA’s Space Place

Found the neatest website for learning about space yesterday.

This is the parent page. If you’ll scan down the list, you’ll see boxes that read things like “Help for Cub Scouts!” and “Help for Junior Girl Scouts”. Clicking into one of those, NASA offers a page of resources for not just meeting an Astronomy badge, but all sorts of other badges and achievements, using space-related activities. Need to play a game? Why not a game about space. Need to learn about endangered animals? Learn about how they are tracked from space by satellites.

(I think we need to get someone to collect material for an AHG page!)

By the way, be sure to show your kids the other tabs on the website, too. Plenty of games and activities to keep them engrossed for a long, long time.