February 10 and 11, 2023

Schedule for Friday

8:30am EST Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College (Zoom)

Title: "Big Science with Small Galaxies"

9:30am EST  Justin Walsh, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Chapman University (Zoom)

Title: "“Boldly Going Where No Archaeologists Have Gone Before: The International Space Station Archaeological Project."

10:30am EST Jamie Draper, Museum Director of the Air Force Space & Missile Museum (Zoom)

Title: "Power of Place: Tragedy and Triumph at Complex 34"

11:30am EST Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History, Fordham University (Zoom)

Title: "Competing with Apollo: The Soviet Reach for the Moon"

12:30pm EST Break for Lunch

1pm EST Chris Gainor, Editor, Quest: The History of Spaceflight and former President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada  (Zoom)

Title: "The Hubble Space Telescope: More Than 30 Years in Space"

2pm EST -  Emily Carney, Director of Content for Celestis, inc. and Creator/Moderator of "Space Hipsters" (Zoom)

Title: “From Space Fandom to Space Funerals”

3pm EST -  Dwayne A. Day, Senior Program Officer for the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences (Zoom)

Title: "Top Secret in Orbit: the other other space program"

4:30pm EST - Workshop Event #1: Brad Ambrose, Professor of Physics, GVSU (in-person at the Pew Campus, all ages)

Title: "Shedding Light on the Annular and Total Eclipses in 2023 and 2024"

4:30pm EST - Workshop Event #2: Atilla Ozgur Cakmak, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, GVSU (in-person at the Pew Campus, age range 12+ with modified activities for younger kids)

Title: "It's a Small World"

4:30pm EST - Workshop Event #3: Sara Maas, PCEC Outreach Coordinator, GVSU (in-person at the Pew Campus, kids under 10 will need an adult partner to help with construction )

Title: "Solar Creepers"

5:30 pm EST – Reception and Viewing of Design That! Design Challenge Entries (in-person in lobby of Loosemore Auditorium)

6:30pm EST – Astronaut José Hernández (ret.) (in-person at Loosemore Auditorium, also via Zoom)

Title: "Reaching For Your Own Stars: A Recipe To Succeed In Life”

Schedule for Saturday

“Reaching For Your Own Stars: A Recipe To Succeed In Life” presented by guest speaker Astronaut José Hernández (ret.)  (11:00 a.m. - Free with museum admission. Find more information at grpm.org)

  • Learn from student-submitted projects designing solutions for the future of space exploration.
  • Watch a planetarium show including an introductory history of Roger B. Chaffee and featured presentations highlighting space exploration
  • See museum artifacts related to space, space travel, and Roger B. Chaffee.
  • Enjoy many other family-friendly activities related to space, including (subject to change): 
    • Golden Record Activity -  Introduction created by planetarium about Voyager two - one staff and one vol.  Guests can learn more about the Voyager mission to attempt communications with possible life forms in space and determine what information would be important for you to share with an alien lifeform.  
    • Build Stations - Guests can make their own rockets and paper airplanes
    • Underwater ROV with Mark Gleason - Guests will use pvc pipes, foam noodles, and small submersible motors to create their own underwater ROV that they can test in a tank full of water.  Learn about underwater discovery and the important role that Remote Operated Vehicles play in underwater exploration.
    • Kent District Library will host a table with STEM related activities. 
    • Roger Chaffee and space related artifacts from the Museum’s Collection
    • The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum will feature a special activity.
    • GVSU Padnos College of Engineering will have a variety of things to do.
    • Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association will have telescopes for guests to look at the daytime sky as well as planispheres to make and take.
    • Lunar Lakers Team - GVSU Engineering Team 
    • GVSU Physics Department showcase - students from the physics department will do hands on activities

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