Event Exploring Earth and Space Science at the Gateway Science Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 04-13-2017

Ashley Gebb
Public Affairs
530-898-4435
Jessica Edmunson
Gateway Science Museum
530-898-5130

Explore earth and space science at the Gateway Science Museum on Saturday, April 15 from noon–5 p.m. during the "Explore Science: Earth & Space" event, which is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of earth and space science. This exciting event provides an opportunity to connect with current National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) science research and explores earth and space phenomena.

The event will include fascinating science, take-home materials and engaging discussion about science and society. Participants will make clouds, imagine what extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds and more. These hands-on activities will introduce visitors to research taking place at NASA in the fields of heliophysics, earth science, planetary science and astrophysics.

In celebration of Junior Park Ranger day, young people between the ages of 5–13 may earn a Junior Park Ranger badge from the Lassen Volcanic National Park booth and learn the importance of environmental stewardship. The CSU, Chico Crops and Horticulture Club will be on hand to provide guidance on seed germination and plant growth. Visitors will have the opportunity to take their planted seeds home and watch them grow.

The "Explore Science: Earth & Space" project is led by the Science Museum of Minnesota, in collaboration with NASA.

"Explore Science: Earth & Space" toolkits are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). Throughout spring and summer of 2017, events will take place at over 250 museums and institutions throughout the country.

The Gateway Science Museum is located at 625 Esplanade, next to the Bidwell Mansion. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children and students. Admission is free for members and children under 3.

For more information, please contact the museum at 530-898-4121, or www.csuchico.edu/gateway. Visitors requiring a special accommodation should contact the University’s Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.

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