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NASA Wallops Visitor Center-Public Events
PUBLIC PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS Return to Visitor Center Site

The Visitor Center offers fun, educational public programs on the weekends and holidays for guests of all ages to enjoy. The programs cover a variety of topics including Wallops Flight Facility missions and model rocket launches, to earth and space science presentations. Scout troops, 4-Her's and other groups, visiting and local, are encouraged to attend our weekend programs. As a courtesy to us, please call ahead if your group consists of more than 10.

On special occasions the Visitor Center will host unique programs, special events, or educational opportunities sure to capture the interest and imagination of all who explore our Visitor Center. These special events include astronomy nights, movie screenings, launch viewing parties and much more! These special events are fun for all ages and always free of charge. 

Saturday Programming

11 a.m. Toddler Time

Saturday mornings starting at 11 a.m.. is our Toddler Time. During this program our young visitors 2-5 years old learn about a variety of topics that change from week to week. These programs include either story time, cartoons, puppet shows, crafts and more! The Toddler Time program will only occur if the Visitor Center is open so please check our hours of operation on our About Us page to plan your visit.

2:00 p.m. Changing Program- see details below

Every Saturday afternoon the Visitor Center will host a changing program. These programs range in topics from Wallops mission updates to space science education. These programs are most suitable for ages ten and up and will last ~45 min.

DATE TIME EVENT

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1/10

1/10

1/17

1/17

1/24

1/24

1/31

1/31

2/7

2/7

9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

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2:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

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11:00 a.m.

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2:00 p.m.

FIRST Robotics Kick-Off

Space Racers Activity

TBD

Puppet Show

SciFiles Saturday

Toddler Craft Time

Science on a Sphere Presentation

5th Saturday Pop Up Science

5th Saturday Pop Up Science

Toddler Story Time

Model Rocket Launch

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

January 3

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. +FIRST Robotics Kick-Off

NASA, the US Navy, and Eastern Shore Robotics (local non-profit organization) are sponsoring the 20th annual FIRST Robotics Kick-Off event on Saturday, January 3, at the Wallops NASA Visitor’s Center.  Doors open at 9:00 am.   At this event students will learn the details of the 2015 Robotic Challenge.  Locally, students from Northampton, Accomack, Worcester, Somerset, and Wicomico counties will be participating this season.  Students have 6 weeks to build a robot to compete against teams from around the world.  $19 million in college scholarships is available to participating students.  While some teams are school-sponsored, many teams are not.  Students rely on the expertise of mentors from their community, local businesses, industry, and schools for guidance.  Team Fundraising and charitable outreach efforts depend on community support.  NASA Wallops Flight Facility sponsors four local teams representing Northampton and Accomack counties in Virginia and representing Worcester and Wicomico Counties in Maryland.  All NASA WFF-sponsored teams will participate in this Kickoff Event and they are excited to share their FIRST Robotics experience with you.

Please join us and learn how your area high school students are spending their “free-time”.  As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) event, you will be amazed at how well YOUR students are implementing the very principles and methods they are learning in the classroom!!!

January 10

11:00 a.m. +Space Racers Activity

This weeks Space Racers activity will be "Planet Jumble"! In this hands-on lesson, students learn the names of the planets in the solar system and play a fun game where they learn the order of the planets. Space Racers is a new animated preschool television program that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the solar system learning about the power or scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working together as a team. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m. +TBD

January 17

11:00 a.m. +Puppet Show

Join Sam the Monkey and Puppet Astronauts Jenny and Jeff as they go on an adventure in space. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m. +SciFiles Saturday

Join the Tree House Detectives as they go on an adventure to learn more about STEM related topics. Approximately 45 minutes.

January 24

11:00 a.m. +Toddler Craft Time

Bring the little ones to craft time where we will create various space themed crafts. Ages 2 - 5. Approximately 30 minutes.

2:00 p.m. +Science on a Sphere Presentation

Join us for a presentation in the Science on a Sphere Theater. Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Approximately 45 minutes.

January 31

11:00 a.m. +5th Saturday Pop Up Science

Details on the program will be available at a later date.

2:00 p.m. +5th Saturday Pop Up Science

Details on the program will be available at a later date.

February 2

11:00 a.m. +Toddler Story Time

Bring the little ones to story time where we explore various science topics from gravity to electricity, to what makes a rainbow. Approximately 30 minutes. Ages 2 – 5.

2:00 pm. +Model Rocket Launch

Want to see a rocket launch? Models of various sizes will be launched and visitors get to assist with countdown, volunteer to "push the button" for launch, or even build and bring their own rockets! Approximately 1 hour.

For more information on our public programs, call 757.824.1344 or 757.824.2297.

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