Roger That! 2019 will take place on February 15th and 16th, 2019. Check back here for more information on keynotes, speakers and other events as Roger That! 2019 approaches!

In the meantime, 4th-8th graders can start to plan their Design That! entries for 2019's Roger That! 


Roger That!

A Celebration of Space Exploration in Honor of Roger B. Chaffee

February 15 - 16, 2019

Design That!

For Design That!, students are encouraged to design and build physical objects or use non-fictional and fictional narrative styles to present challenges related to space exploration. This is an exciting competition that gives teams of 2-6 students a chance to win prizes and the opportunity to present their work as part of a space-focused conference at Grand Valley State University. Please click this link for more information on Design That!

Download Design That! Guidelines and Flyer PDF here.

Click here for Design That! information video

Competition Entry from 2017

Previous Entries

Competition entries from 2018

Roger That! Conference

Roger B. Chaffee was born February 15, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and went on to become one of the city’s favorite sons. An engineer, pilot and astronaut, Chaffee lost his life in the Apollo 1 accident on January 27, 1967. This event, scholarly in nature and open to the general public, is co-organized by Grand Valley State University, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund. Roger That! seeks to honor Chaffee and highlight local research in a two-day celebration of space exploration.

Roger That! is a series of concurrent events in downtown Grand Rapids taking place the week of February 11th, 2019, with most taking place on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th. Speakers from a number of different fields will present.

School Field Trips

Dates: The week of February 11th, 2019
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum

Local students will have an opportunity to learn about space exploration through a series of programs at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, including hands-on activities and a presentation at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. Click "Field Trips," above, for more details.

Museum Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum

The GRPM will continue the celebration of space exploration and the life of Roger B. Chaffee through exciting and educational exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the day.

Presented by Grand Valley State University in association with the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

The Roger That! conference is funded in part by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.

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