Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Space Day is an award-winning educational initiative that seeks to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.  It also helps to inspire young people to realize the vision of our space pioneers and to promote the field of aviation. Space Day 2016 celebration will take place 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, March 12th at Roper Mountain Science Center.  Featured guest Larry Bounds of Greenville Chautauqua performs as Wernher Von Braun!

A Boy Dreams of Rockets, and takes America to the Moon!  Join a multi-media presentation about a little German boy who put rockets on his little red wagon and then rose through World War II and the Cold War to create the most powerful rocket ever fired on earth - the rocket that carried Americans to the moon. Dr. Wernher Von Braun led NASA's development of the mighty Saturn V rocket and joined Walt Disney to inspire the American public to believe in and support our race to the moon. His story is told in photos, film, and models of the engines that first carried humans into space.  Our presenter is Larry Bounds, a teacher with Greenville County Schools. He will be presenting the ideas of Dr. Von Braun for Greenville's Chautauqua Festival in June, playing the role of the famous rocket scientist himself.

Space Day 2016 is supported by NASA Langley and community partners:  Michelin, GE Aviation, Clemson University, Greenville Technical College, Embry Riddle Aeronautics-Worldwide, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Challenger Center Columbia SC, East North Street Academy of Science and Math, Western Carolina Remote Control Club, Ashville Star Trek Club, and the Upstate SC Youth Aviators Association.

Space Day 2016 activities include:

Other activities will include the planetarium shows “Astronaut” and “Earth to the Universe” in the Hooper Planetarium at 10 and 11 am, 1 and 2 pm.  In the Harrison Hall of Natural Science, visit the Discovery Rooms and Marine Lab to touch and hold live animals!  In the Rainforest, discover tropical rainforest plants and animals; while in the Ecology Lab discover the Nature of Flight through bird study activities. 

Space Day Saturday hours  9:00 AM-3:00 PM. All events are included in the general admission to the Center:

$7 for children (ages 5-12) and senior citizens (age 60 and over); $8 for Teens and Adults (ages 13-59).

Free for children age 4 and under, RMSC Association members and School District Employees.  

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About Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain Science Center ignites our natural curiosity to explore and shape our world.  The most impactful entity in the Upstate focused on science and science education, RMSC provides curriculum-based, hands-on learning for elementary and middle school students; offers inspiring “edutainment” for the public with Starry Nights, Second Saturdays and other special events; and produces state-of-the-art training for teachers.  Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6,000 teachers, and 30,000 families and adults visit Roper Mountain Science Center. 


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