Astronomy Days welcome from NCDNCR Secretary Reid Wilson


Reid Wilson, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, welcomes you to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Virtual Astronomy Days event, January 25–31, 2021.


Build an Astronaut Lander activity — Elementary School


Build your own Lunar or Mars lander!
An activity for elementary school students, with Neil Pifer, a NC Space Education Ambassador and K-8 Science Specialist at Horizons Unlimited, Rowan-Salisbury School System.

Brought to you by NC Space Grant.
Based on: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/make-an-astronaut-lander/


Build an Astronaut Lander activity — Middle School


Build your own Lunar or Mars lander!
An activity for middle school students, with Betty Jo Moore, NC Space Education Ambassador and Science Teacher, Forsyth County Schools.

Brought to you by NC Space Grant.
Based on: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/make-an-astronaut-lander/


Science at Home: Backyard Navigation


Getting lost in the wilderness is a frightening thought. Fortunately, today we have GPS and fancy compasses, so wayfinding has become easy and routine. But what happens when these modern navigational tools are not available? Are you simply out of luck? Not to worry, as the answer may be as close as the nearest stick! In this video you will learn how to find the cardinal directions — using the Sun and the shadow cast from a stick — to easily navigate back home. And remember: Never Eat Soggy Waffles! 😉


Saturn V LEGO Build Time Lapse


A couple of years ago, in honor of Astronomy Days, we decided to have a little fun creating a time-lapse video building the LEGO version of the NASA Saturn V, the rocket that first launched humans to the Moon in 1969. This model is made up of a total of 1,969 pieces! Coincidence?

You don’t need that many pieces, just be creative and join us in our LEGO Show and Tell: Astronomy Days Edition! We want to see your models!