What's Happening at the Discovery Center in April

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Please note these dates in April when the Discovery Center will be closed:

  • Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16 - CLOSED
  • Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19 - CLOSED (Space Foundation offices will also be closed April 18 and 19)

Raytheon’s MathAlive!® exhibit will wrap up its stay at the Discovery Center this month, with a closing date of April 30. MathAlive! is designed to inspire, to spark the imagination, to reveal not only math at work, but the endless possibilities of math. Designed for families and students, the exhibition brings to life the real math behind what kids love most – video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more – and creates interactive and immersive experiences that bring to life the math at work in each, whether in design, application or use. Admission for military families is free with I.D. until April 30, so don’t miss this spectacular interactive exhibit. 

Space Story Party will take place for families with preschool children on Tuesday, April 5. This month we will be reading Poor Pluto, written and illustrated by the third grade students of Tokay Colony Elementary School in Lodi, Calif. We will have lots of snacks, drinks and fun activities to carry us through the solar system and the morning!

On Wednesday, April 6, a new exhibit, “The Red Planet in 3D” will open. Experience and learn about MarsExpress, Europe’s first independently performed mission to another planet. Since 2003, the probe has been orbiting the Red Planet to gain new insights about the geology, mineralogy and atmosphere of Mars. The main purpose of the mission is to look for signs of water, which is believed to have covered large expanses of the planet’s surface in its early history.

Learn about Volcanism, Water, Ice, Erosion, Wind and Tectonics – the six natural forces that have significantly formed Mars over billions of years.

This intriguing 3D exhibition is an initiative of the German Space Agency of the DLR (Bonn) and has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The Space Foundation Yuri’s Night celebration will take place on Sunday, April 10. Learn more about this exciting evening and how you can support STEM education here.

On Saturday, April 23, Tesla’s Toolbox will return with GIS in Everyday Life. Sponsored in part by Uwingu, Tesla’s Toolbox is hands-on educational fun for pre-teens to adults. This month, a guest presenter from the Colorado Geographic Alliance will lead participants in understanding geospatial technologies and create real world solutions to geographical analysis.

A $10 workshop fee, applies for this project, plus Discovery Center admission.

Stay on top of all the fun and excitement taking place at the Discovery Center by watching our online calendar here.

This article is part of Space Watch: April 2016 (Volume: 15, Issue: 4).