Connect with NASA!

Do you know someone who loves space? YPRL has a very special opportunity to connect with NASA, and we want you onboard!

We are proud to be able to offer two sessions with NASA Solar System Ambassadors – a network of US-based volunteers who share information about NASA and space exploration with the wider community. To compliment these sessions, we will offer two additional family-friendly space events to make it a space-themed fortnight!

On Monday 25 May starting at 4pm, children aged 8-12 can participate in our annual Moonhack coding event as part of Virtual Code Club. Using video conferencing tools, we will work together on one of two fun projects in Scratch – suitable for both beginners and more experienced Scratchers. Booking required.

On Thursday 28 May starting at 4pm, Solar System Ambassador Kailash Kalidoss will give an audiovisual talk about recent NASA missions, including the Mars 2020 Mission to be launched in July. Kailash is an electrical engineer, and he will be happy to answer questions about NASA, space exploration as well as about engineering careers. No booking required. For ages 7+

On Tuesday 2 June starting at 4pm, we will give our weekly Science Club a space-themed makeover, with a tutorial on constellation-themed crafts. No booking required. For ages 7+

On Wednesday 10 June starting at 11am, we have a special Storytime with Solar System Ambassador Amy C. Oliver.  Amy works for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and will be reading “Astrophysics for People, Snooks, Snorks and Sneeples” by J.G. Kemp. This rhyming story introduces children to astrophysics – including concepts such as energy, forces, black holes, and how our universe is made. Amy will also demonstrate a fun science experiment, and answer audience questions. No booking required. For ages 4+

We are inviting the YPRL community to pre-submit questions that we can ask our NASA Solar System Ambassadors. Questions may be edited, but we will do our best to have as many answered as possible. So if you have any questions about space exploration, NASA, or about technology careers, please send us your name and question to events@yprl.vic.gov.au by Tuesday 26 May.

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