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NASA Invites Students to Become Rocket Scientists at the Sunday Experiment
11.7.08
 
Amy Pruett / Rani Gran
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
301-286-7646 / 301- 286-2483
amy.e.pruett@nasa.gov / rani.c.gran@nasa.gov

Release No. 08-89

Group of children at the Visitors Center for the Sunday Experiment Sunday Experiment participants at Goddard's Visitor Center.
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GREENBELT, Md. - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. invites elementary school students and their families to its Visitor Center on Sunday, November 16 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for a free afternoon of eye-opening, hands-on activities that will help you experience what it’s like to be a NASA engineer.

Students will get a chance to earn a NASA engineering certificate by building three types of small rockets - pop rockets, straw rockets, and foam rockets. They will even get to meet a real NASA engineer.

The Sunday Experiment, held the third Sunday of each month from September through May, features activities showcasing the NASA Center's world-renowned science and engineering research and technological developments. Families leave inspired by the hands on activities, wowed by the scientists and engineers, and excited about Goddard’s revolutionary research and technology.

Woman assisting child with filling balloons at the Sunday Experiment Children getting assistance at October's Sunday Experiment.
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"The Sunday Experiment is a place where children and adults alike can discover the excitement of Goddard through fun and easy hands-on activities," said Emilie Drobnes, founder of Sunday Experiment. "You get to act like scientists and engineers while building all types of little rockets and hover-crafts, designing your own planets and stars, and even trying your hand at being part of the manned spaced program. At The Sunday Experiment we energize the public about NASA and the science we do here and we aren't afraid to get our hands dirty in the process!"

In addition to celebrating all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, The Sunday Experiment celebrates major science missions that are managed by Goddard and set to launch in 2008 or 2009.

For more information on the Sunday Experiment go to Goddard's Visitor Center's Web page:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/events/index.html