Space Night – April 29, 2017

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Space Night – April 29, 2017 2017-09-21T08:03:40+00:00

You are invited to the Great Adventure Lab’s

Future Space Explorers!

for girls and boys, grades K to 8 (and their parents!)

April 29th, 5:30-8 pm

Washington Episcopal School, Bethesda, Md.

Space is limited; Register now!

Join us for an evening of SPACE-inspired fun, learn first hand what it’s like to work on space missions from a NASA Engineer. Work as a parent/child team to navigate a Martian landscape and participate in two, hands-on workshops for children grades K-8 and their parents.

Registration for this event is $35 per parent/child pair and $15 for each additional child, $10 extra for additional parent.

Note: You are encouraged to arrive no later than 5:30pm to check in.

Meet NASA engineer, Eric Lyness and learn about the future of space exploration!

Speaker: Eric Lyness, NASA space flight software systems engineer has worked on many missions including The Curiosity Rover’s mobile lab SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars), which has been collecting and studying soil samples from the red planet since 2012;

LADEE, which explored the lunar exosphere in 2014; MAVEN, the Mars orbiter that is still studying the upper atmosphere of that planet; and the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2018.

Mr. Lyness is also part of the team working on the mission’s mass spectrometer MOMA, which stands for Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer … it will be looking for signs of whether life ever existed on Mars as well as NASA’s DaVinci mission, which seeks to analyze the atmosphere of the planet Venus.


5:30 – 6:00 Sign in, view demos, ride a hovercraft.  There will be food available for purchase and a silent auction.

6:00 – 6:30 Hear from NASA Engineer Eric Lyness

6:30 – 7:00 parent/child teams attempt to navigate a Martian landscape

7:00 – 8:00 Workshops (two, half hour workshops)

  • K-1st: Lego Robotic Rover, Space Engineers
  • 2nd-4th: Lego Robotic Rover, Space Engineers
  • 5th-8th: Mindstorms Rover, Space Engineers

Note: If you are attending with more than one child, you may determine how to split your time between workshops!

mars rover