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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER CAMP HONORS CHALLENGER ASTRONAUT RON MCNAIR APRIL 9
PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER CAMP HONORS RON MCNAIR; Blacks in Science presents the 25th annual Ron McNair Camp-In at Pacific Science Center, April 9
SEATTLE – In 1986 Dr. Ron McNair died when the Space Shuttle Challenger he was aboard exploded after it launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, also taking the lives of his fellow astronauts. A physicist recognized nationally for his work in the field of laser physics, Dr. McNair was also notable for being the second African American to fly in space.
For the past 25 years Pacific Science Center, an independent, not-for-profit educational institution, in partnership with Blacks in Science (BIS), has proudly presented theRon McNair Camp-In. This special overnight adventure at Pacific Science Center gives children the opportunity to be inspired and learn by discovering science in a relevant, engaging way.
Join us as we iinvestigate the science of science fiction through a Humanoid Robotics Hands-on Science Workshop, fly through space in the Galaxies Planetarium Show and visit our special engagement exhibit at this year’s annual Ron McNair Camp-in.
Details: Ron McNair Camp-in Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave North Under the arches, near the Space Needle Saturday, April 9-10 5:30 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday To register: 206 443-2925 or visit us online.
As with all of our overnight camp-in programs, the children and their adult chaperones enjoy a hands-on science workshop, live science demonstrations, planetarium shows, an IMAX® film, laser show, and the unique opportunity to roam the Science Center and explore after the public goes home. This camp is geared to boys and girls ages 8-12 and their adult chaperones.
Dr. Ron McNair was a scientist from North Carolina A&T University. He earned his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. McNair maintained his commitment to African American children by introducing them to science at a young age in order to help them develop to their full potential.
BIS promotes enrichment and interest in the world of science among African American and all interested children. BIS has never turned a child away; offering scholarships as needed. One of Pacific Science Center’s key goals is to make science and science education accessible to everyone, especially those who do not have easy access to such opportunities.