Educators welcome at 19th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery

No registration necessary for virtual experience on Saturday, Oct. 24

Educators, students, and families are invited to attend the 19th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual event will be held virtually this year with a lineup of keynote speeches and workshops, a scavenger hunt, and the chance to be invited on virtual live field trips in November and December.

The Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery takes place Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

You can access the virtual event here. No registration required.

Be inspired by explorers and innovators in mini keynotes and welcome messages, including:

  • Astronaut Chris Cassidy (who is currently living on the International Space Station!); Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society; astronaut Bill Shepherd; family of Lacy Veach; sponsor Hawaiian Electric; astronaut Stan Love; and educator astronaut Joe Acaba.

Participate in mini STEM workshops and demonstrations, including:

  • NASA Office of STEM Engagement (landing on target, coding to rendezvous with ISS), Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (rotocopter), Kauai Community College COGS (light painting), Imiloa Astronomy Center (density, convection), National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (galaxy cruise), UH College of Engineering (balloon rocket car, center of gravity), Hawaii Science Teachers Association (polymer bouncing ball, elephant toothpaste), Hawaiian Electric (building an air battery), JPL Solar System Ambassador (Cartesian divers), Oceanit (electrolysis)

Learn about Hawaii’s contribution to the STEM work force via “ads” featuring past and present Hawaii residents.

Learn how to register (first come, first served) for one of 50 Hardware Science STEM Challenge kits and compete for the best submitted video.

Participate (open to children and adults) in a “galaxy treasure hunt” for answers from the “ads” and workshops. Entries qualify for invitations to join later in a virtual live tour of museums, laboratories, and workshops in November and December 2020. A link to questions will be available at the beginning of the program.

Access the virtual event here. No registration required. For more information, email art@higp.hawaii.edu.

Charles Lacy Veach was born in Chicago and grew up in Honolulu. He had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force before flying in two NASA Space Shuttle missions. He worked as the lead astronaut for the development and operation of robotics for the International Space Station (ISS) and logged 436 hours in space.

Featured photo courtesy NASA.gov.