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

"There's enough space for everyone!"

February 15 - 16, 2019

This year, we turn STEM into STEAM with some artful approaches to space exploration!

Keynote Speakers for Roger That! 2019

Our Friday evening keynote will be Astronaut/Aquanaut/Artist Nicole Stott, who flew on NASA missions STS-128 and STS-133 as a Mission Specialist and took on the role of Flight Engineer on the International Space Station's Expeditions 20 and 21. The first artist to paint a watercolor while in space, Nicole started the Space for Art Foundation. 

Nicole's 6:30pm keynote address at Grand Valley State University's Pew campus on Friday, February 15th will be titled "eARTh from space".

Nicole will also speak at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on the morning of Saturday, February 16th, giving a presentation called "Space for Everyone". 

Nicole Stott poses in front of a painting of the Earth

Brett Grill in his studio

Our Friday morning keynote will be sculptor J Brett Grill, well-known in West Michigan for his bronze statues of J. William Seidman, Jay Van Andel, Gerald and Betty Ford, and, of course, Roger B. Chaffee. His works are displayed prominently all over the country. Each sculpture requires meticulous research and planning, and the finished products speak to the care with which they were undertaken.

Brett will talk at 11am at Grand Valley State University's Pew campus on Friday, February 15th, giving a keynote address titled, "Remembering the Future"

Statue of Roger B. Chaffee

Roger That!






<<<<  Learn more about Roger That! from our video!


Trivia: Roger That! 2019 will start on February 15, 2019, which would have been Roger B. Chaffee's 83rd birthday. 


2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing!

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.