Annual Space Science Day Community Night coming to San Jacinto College: NASA to bring fun, excitement with interactive activities
04.07.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez
NASA’s annual Space Science Day Community Night brings the excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and space exploration to the San Jacinto College South Campus once again on Thursday, April 14.
The free and family-friendly event boasts numerous activities and exhibits from NASA-Johnson Space Center and San Jacinto College science faculty. Some of the activities include examining moon rock and meteorite samples, building hovercrafts, Oreo Cookie moon phases, virtual Mars Rover landing, making a robotic arm, planetarium, trying on a NASA space suit, and fun photos in the NASA photo booth. This year, as part of NASA Space Science Day Community Night, guests will also be able to enjoy a Star Party on the observation deck of the South Campus science and allied health building, getting a chance to view the night sky using the College’s 16-inch reflector telescope.
The event will also feature guest speaker, NASA Johnson Space Center Planetary Scientist, John Gruener. Since his career began at NASA in 1986, Gruener has worked on the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs, designed missions to the moon and Mars, and Space farming. Gruener’s guest lecture will begin at 7 p.m., in room S1.115.
NASA Space Science Day Community Night takes place on Thursday, April 14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the San Jacinto College South Campus science and allied health building (building 1) atrium. Free popcorn and snow cones will be available. The South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.