Archive for April, 2010
KFYR-TV interviewed Chris, after his trip. The story aired April 27th. Check Chris Riedman at Nasa to watch the interview by Jody Kerzman.
Gateway to Science is among a list of “101 Things to Do in Bismarck/Mandan” as featured in The Bismarck Tribune’s Spring 2010 City & Entertainment Guide that was recently published! Of course, we are thrilled to be included on this list because we want everyone to know about the fun, cool, awesome experiences they can have with their family and friends in our exhibits gallery. Now that you know about us, we hope to see you in the gallery soon!
Beth Demke, Executive Director
Gateway to Science is offering a variety of science camps this summer for students entering grades 1 – 6, including “Paleontology Experience”, “Build It! Race It!”, “Astronaut Camp”, and several “Lego® Camps”.
I’ll be meeting with the leader of “Build It! Race It!” this week to talk about all types of car designs, such as solar cars, sail cars, mousetrap vehicles, and more. Only the most awesome car designs will make the cut and be a part this exciting camp.
Space is limited, and camps are filling quickly, so register today!
- Christie, Program Coordinator
Chris Riedman, a 13-year-old Gateway to Science member, recently traveled to Florida to witness the launching of the Discovery Shuttle as personal guest of NASA Engineer Dr. Jack Bacon. Chris and Dr. Bacon met on several occasions when the Visiting Scientists Series invited Dr. Bacon to visit Bismarck. Visiting Scientists Series is a partnership between Gateway to Science, Bismarck State College, North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers (NDSPE), Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Bismarck Public Schools and St. Mary’s High School. Together, these organizations inspire and educate!
This video was filmed by Chris and his mom, Karol, on April 5. Below is an excerpt from Chris’ journal of the trip. Read more and view pictures.
Monday April 5, 2010 7:00 am
We just finished watching the launch and it was so amazing! And to make it even more exciting was that just before the shuttle went up, the International Space Station went over our heads! We could see it as it seemed to be the brightest star in the sky, moving to the north very quickly. It passed in front of the moon as we watched.
The launch was even greater then I imagined! The countdown filled me with anxiety as Mission Control counted 3…..2…..1…..we have lift off! The pad filled with smoke. Then the shuttle emerged. So beautiful. So bright. It filled the sky with light and it felt like the sun was rising.
It left a huge trail of smoke, and then a cloud of condensed gasses. As we watched Discovery speed away to meet the space station, the horizon turned pink with the sunrise.
Truly a trip of a lifetime! by Chris Riedman
Throughout each school year, thousands of students visit Gateway to Science on class field trips, but Spring is an especially busy time in the gallery! A field trip is a great way wrap up the year. Teachers from preschool to college have been reserving their piece of the fun.
Our interactive exhibits are designed to supplement classroom learning by demonstrating specific science concepts. One of the favorite exhibits is a rocket launcher that launches bottles as high as the ceiling. And you don’t want to miss seeing our live butterflies!
There’s still space left for your class, so give us a call!
- Christie, Program Coordinator
Stop by and enjoy a little bit of sunshine while watching the butterflies in their habitat. Visitors at Gateway to Science can once again experience the beauty, grace, and enchantment in the life of the Painted Lady butterfly.
Visit our Butterfly Exhibit page for more information on this wonderful seasonal exhibit.