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Space, Science & Engineering Day


Be a Rocket Scientist for a Day, Or at Least Meet One

The 3rd Annual Space, Science and Engineering Day offers lots of science fun for kids.

(October 23, 2006)

Girls Scouts get the Mars Rover treatment at last year’s Space Science & Engineering Day. Scientists and engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena bring a variety of fun displays.

Girls Scouts get the Mars Rover treatment at last year’s Space Science & Engineering Day. Scientists and engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena bring a variety of fun displays.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.edu — Watch Mars rovers race, learn what a solar cookie is or launch your own Alka Seltzer rocket at UC Riverside’s 3rd Annual Space, Science and Engineering Day.

Scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday Oct. 29., at the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR, the event is free, open to the public, but pre-registration is required. It is hosted by UCR’s Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Organizers invite the parents of children — ages 6 to 18 — to register online for the event at: http://www.engr.ucr.edu/sciday/.

This year’s new hands-on space science and engineering activities include:

  • Catching a Whisper from Space

  • UV Beads

  • Solar Cookies

  • Searching for a Habitable Planet


The Space Science and Engineering Day is co-sponsored by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the Riverside Astronomical Society, the UCR Bourns College of Engineering, the UCR chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

“This event shows the commitment of our students to reaching out to the community,” said faculty advisor Sharon Walker, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering. “This is not a faculty- or staff-planned event, it’s 100-percent student organized and I’m proud of the work they’ve done.”

Participants will meet women engineers and scientists from JPL-NASA and look through telescopes provided by the Riverside Astronomical Society.

Many of the activities will be focused on information culled from missions to Mars and Saturn, from missions to some key comets and from what scientists think they may discover through such explorations. Participants also get to meet the engineers working on current space missions.

The UCR Space Science and Engineering Day will include colorful displays provided by NASA. The storyboards will share the excitement and latest news about current and upcoming Solar System explorations slated for 2006.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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