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NASA Saturdays in the Pee Dee

on Tuesday, 29 December 2015. Posted in Local News

ScienceSouth will kick off 2016 with a robotics program atop its NASA Saturday roster. The ever-popular workshop will run on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the ScienceSouth Pavilion at Freedom Florence.

This workshop is one of several free programming opportunities offered through NASA Saturdays in the Pee Dee. NASA Saturdays in the Pee Dee is the joint effort of ScienceSouth and Dooley Planetarium to increase the awareness of NASA's ongoing missions. Programming experiences are available in the form of workshops for both children and families, as well as daytime and evening observings.

While all workshops and observings are free and open to the public, the workshops do require registration. Please note that workshop requirements and schedules will differ depending on the location. Workshops held at Dooley Planetarium are family focused, however, adults are welcome to attend.

The Dooley workshops run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children may participate in these workshops beginning at the age of five. Interested parties must register all participants in their family during the registration process. There is a limit of six participants per family.

NASA Saturday sessions held at ScienceSouth will be broken into two sessions according to grade levels. The morning session runs from 9-11 a.m. for children in grades K-4 and can accommodate 25 participants. The afternoon session runs from noon-2 p.m. for grades 5-10 and can accommodate 40 participants.

Families may only register two children per household. Registration for both workshops will conclude at noon on the Wednesday prior to the workshop. Both ScienceSouth and Dooley Planetarium will host daytime and evening public observings. The locations and times of these observings will vary. All observings are free and open to the public. While ScienceSouth and Dooley Planetarium will provide equipment for observings, participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars or telescopes.

ScienceSouth Workshops:

  • Jan. 16: Robotics
  • April 16: Astrobiology

ScienceSouth Observings:

  • Jan. 30: 1-4 p.m.
  • April 23: 7-10 p.m.

Dooley Planetarium Workshops:

  • February 20: Planetary Exploration
  • May 21: Geocaching

FMU Observatory Observings:

  • February 27: 7-10 p.m.

For more information or to register, go online to http://www.sciencesouth.org/at-sciencesouth/saturday-programs/sciencesaturdays.

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