Space Day Maine to be celebrated during the week of April 28-May 2, 2014

During the week of April 28-May 2, 2014, many schools throughout Maine will be celebrating Space Day.  Space Day is an international, educational initiative that provides students an opportunity to interact, first-hand, with experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (e.g. aerospace, astronomy, computer science/programmers, etc.) and is devoted to increasing students’ awareness of opportunities in STEM fields.  By identifying skills required of STEM workers, this helps students to ‘connect’ their studies to potential STEM careers.

The Capstone Space Day event this year will be held on May 2nd at the Auburn Middle School and Auburn High School with Maine Astronaut Christopher Cassidy as the keynote speaker.   Space Day activities are sponsored by the Maine Space Grant Consortium.  This is the 16th year celebrating Space Day in schools around Maine.  Each year a team of dedicated professionals travel to a different school district to bring Space Day speakers and activities to thousands of Maine students (K-12). Over the years we have developed a partnership with public and private industry, academia, state and local representatives, NASA and members of the U.S. Navy to introduce and inspire students to ultimately pursue STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). 

Throughout the course of the day, staff and students will be attending sessions offered by over 20 STEM presenters representing many of Maine’s colleges and universities along with members of the business community, public and private, and the U.S. Navy.