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Sunday, May 31, 2015

4th Annual What’s Up In Space” Camp and STEM Contest

Children enjoying science with presentations, demonstrations and workshops at the David Dunlop Observatory (DDO) in Richmond Hill on Sunday, May 24, 2015 was an informative afternoon. I had the privilege to do a workshop at the "What’s Up In Space” Camp and STEM Contest."

The AstroNuts Kids Space Club began one night during the summer of 2009. Ray Bielecki’s son Brett was 7 years of age. Brett was quite the space enthusiast. Ray built Brett’s space ship under his basement stairs. The ship had space models, monitors, twinkling Christmas lights and other gizmos that became their window to the cosmos.

Brett invited a few friends over and the adventures began with the imaginations of the children. Soon more friends came over to the point that the space ship wasn’t large enough to accommodate the many visitors. Over time, Ray converted his basement into a space station along with the spaceship they titled “Mercury Spaceship 2.”

Ray started the "What’s Up In Space” Camp and STEM Contest to get more children interested in space and to give them activities to spark their interest. May 24th was the fourth annual Space Camp and the first one at the DDO.

My friend Brian Ewenson, a space educator drove from Wisconsin to do a 15 minute talk. Another friend, Melissa Battler from the University of Western Ontario also gave a talk. I taught children how to make an end effector, the apparatus at the end of the Canadarm that snares cargo ships, satellites and anything else bound for the International Space Station.  It’s made using Styrofoam cups, string and masking tape. The design is not mine. It was created by Dr. Gregory Vogt, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Baylor University when he worked for NASA in 1999.

It was a wonderful day with storm troopers (the kid in me had to have a photo), tours of the planetarium, and skype messages from Canadian astronauts B   and Chris Hadfield.

See http://www.astronutskidsspaceclub.com/home-base/ to learn more about the AstroNuts.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pneumatic Canadarm Video Part 2

If you have been following my blog, you know I have what is called an essential tremor in my hands. This doesn't stop me from making my pneumatically controlled Canadarm for workshops that I do with children and educators. See Part 2 on YouTube as follows.


Part 1 can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvv7lDy0nds

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Career Options Maria Sirdar-Nickel

“Career Options Maria Sirdar-Nickel” is my latest book printed through LSI, February 15, 2015. Maria is an educator in Winnipeg who taught educators in her school district how to design an experiment to go to the International Space Station. This book is the first of 24 that I plan to write to provide elementary and secondary school children options for a career in science that they may not have had prior knowledge. The book is available from Chapters in Canada and Amazon in the United States. Book stores may purc hase it from Ingram through Lighting Source Inc.