Space Day Maine Sponsored By MSGC

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Space Day Maine

From April 30th to May 3rd, 2013, the Maine Space Grant Consortium sponsored Space Day events in Brunswick, Bangor, Winslow and Sanford with the goal of providing thousands of Maine students an opportunity to interact, first hand, with experts in the fields of astronomy, astrobiology, aerospace education, and engineering.

Speakers from UMO, USM and Bates College, the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, the Southern Maine Astronomers, the Civil Air Patrol, Applied Thermal Sciences, York Helicopters, Flagsuit LLC, Lockheed Martin, AEGIS Test Team members and crewmembers from the USS Miami were all on hand to showcase their fields of study.  Guest speaker Brian Ewenson, an Aerospace Educator from San Antonio, Texas, gave an inspiring speech “No Shoes, No Shower, No Problem” to students at all venues to help them realize that anything is possible if they are willing to work for it.

The capstone Space Day event was held in Sanford, Maine at the Willard School (4-6) and the Sanford Junior High (7-8) and High Schools (9-12).  Activities included a personal greeting from Maine Astronaut Chris Cassidy who is currently living and working on board the International Space Station and a school wide video-teleconference via NASA’s Digital Learning Network to showcase the rover Curiosity and its travels on Mars.  Space Day Maine was a huge success and this is directly related to the men and women who volunteered and participated to help educate Maine students to the potential of STEM careers.