Children of LASP staff learned about space exploration during a series of activities held at the LASP Space Technology Building this morning.
The children built Mars rovers out of candy, created and decorated a spectrograph, and dressed in “bunny suits”—the outerwear that employees don to help ensure that instruments destined for space are built in a clean environment.
Outside the building, children looked at the Sun through a solar telescope and solar sunglasses and drew pictures of their observations, explored the power of liftoff with stomp rockets, and enjoyed the explosiveness of Alka-Seltzer rockets.
The activities concluded with a children’s tour of LASP’s lobby exhibits and facilities.
The LASP Office of Communications & Outreach (OCO) held the event as part of National Take Your Child to Work Day, a day designated to introduce children to their parents’ work. OCO supports LASP with local, regional, and national education and outreach programming for all age groups, with a special focus on underrepresented/underserved populations.
For more information about ongoing LASP education opportunities, please see https://lasp.colorado.edu/home/education/.