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
Spring 2013 heralds some the night sky’s finest telescopic sights from gas the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn, a crescent Moon and the Great Orion Nebula. Plus we’ll hunt Leo the Lion and the Big and Little Bears on our way to the “StarGate” answering your space and astronomy questions along the way. (Every fourth registrant is free)
Join us under Powell Gardens’ dark skies for astronomy programs led by friendly, knowledgeable amateur astronomers. Each event is designed to help beginners learn about and appreciate the night sky. After a brief introduction, a short astronomy lesson and question-and-answer time, you will peer through quality telescopes for viewing of such celestial beauties as the crescent Moon, elusive Mercury, Venus, giant Jove, and the “Lord of the Rings,” Saturn. On any evening you may see low earth orbiting satellites as well as a number of double stars. Naked-eye, laser-guided sky tours of the stars and constellations will also be given at each program. (Evening programs will be cancelled if skies are overcast or rainy.) Register three participants and the fourth person is free!
Register by April 11.
$10/Adult, $6/Members, $6/child ages 5-12
See more details and register.
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.
Looking for an indoor adventure? Consider the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. They have proven more than willing to work with AHG in offering a custom badge program — consider both Living & Working In Space and Space Exploration. Have a blast!