Rovers, robots, and moon rocks: Community invited to NASA Space Science Day at San Jacinto College

04.13.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez

If taking selfies with a space rover or designing your own exploration mission interests you, then come to the NASA Space Science Day Community Night event on Friday, April 24 at the San Jacinto College South Campus.

This free family-friendly event boasts numerous activities and exhibits from NASA Johnson Space Center and San Jacinto College science faculty. As part of the College’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational outreach initiatives, and its educational partnership with Johnson Space Center, NASA Space Science Day brings the science of space exploration right into your backyard.

Hands-on activities and exhibits include a mission design competition, lunar rock and meteorite samples, photo opportunities with a space rover, create your own volcano, build your own comet and robot arm, and taking a journey through space inside a portable planetarium. Attendees can also enjoy a lecture on the Genesis Mission from guest speaker and Genesis Solar Wind Sample Curator, Judith Alton.

NASA Space Science Day Community Night takes place on Friday, April 24 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the San Jacinto College South Campus Science and Allied Health Building (Building 1) atrium. Judith Alton’s lecture takes place at 4 p.m. Free popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones will also be available at the event. 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.

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