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September 09, 2014

NASA-SPACE Day Set for October 11

Do you remember building paper airplanes or designing bottle rockets in elementary school?  Now is your chance to win a prize for constructing aircraft from paper or building rockets from plastic bottles at West Virginia Wesleyan College’s NASA-SPACE Day to be held Saturday, October 11.  The event is organized by the College’s SPACE Club, Engineering Physics Society, Alpha Phi Omega, Physics and Engineering Department, and the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium.

The day will begin with opening remarks by College President Pamela Balch and a public lecture by Dr. Robin Hensel, assistant dean for freshman experience and assistant dean of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU).  Research posters by college students from around the state will be on display throughout the day.

Sign-ups for the paper airplane and bottle rocket contest begin in Rockefeller Gym Lobby at 11 a.m. and are open until 3 p.m.  The contests are open to the public and will offer upper and lower age divisions with prizes for the top three engineers in each contest.  Entrance fee in either contest is either $1 or a canned good donation for the Parish House.  Paper airplanes will compete for distance and duration, and each entrant will be provided two sheets of paper with which to build two airplanes.

The bottle rocket competition will have a 2-liter class and a 20-oz. class.  The entrant must supply their own bottles and are allowed to fly two rockets of their choice.  Cardstock paper will be supplied to build the nose cones and fins, and duct tape and scissors will be available, too.  Bottle rockets will be launched on the Chapel Oval if the weather permits.  In case of unfavorable weather, the bottle rocket competition will be called off.

Science exhibits will be open throughout the day, including Science behind Zip Lines, catapults built by Wesleyan freshman engineering majors, a small rover from NASA IV & V, and other science demos in various locations on campus.  A planetarium showing at 1:30 p.m. will offer participants a glimpse at the cosmos.  Tickets are $2 for adults and free for those under 18 when accompanied by an adult.  The Space Presentation Outreach Team (SPOT) will hold a public lecture in the Christopher Hall of Science Hyma Auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

The awards ceremonies for both the paper airplane and bottle rocket competitions will take place in the Christopher Hall of Science at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Tracey DeLaney, assistant professor of physics and engineering, at or (304) 473-8330.

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