Rather than parking your kid in front of the television for an episode of The Magic School Bus, head down to the Discovery Center of Idaho for some hands-on outerspace learning. Friday, Aug. 5, marks the kick-off of this year's Idaho Space Days, a six-day festival featuring model rocket demos, star gazing and lectures by retired NASA astronauts.
Space Days offers a cool educational and low impact indoor alternative to all the frenetic summer outdoor activities. Retired astronauts Jose Hernandez and John Herrington, along with Boise's Barbara Morgan, will stop by to answer questions and share their stories about space travel and the arduous life of an astronaut.
In addition to big-name space celebs, Space Days will also showcase two new education programs spearheaded by Morgan: the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars and the Boise State Microgravity Team. ISAS caters to high school juniors and sets out to engage their respective interests in space, engineering and mathematics. The Microgravity Team will be presenting its bone mass projects and talking about the challenges and experiences of testing their project at NASA.