The mayor of Takoma Park, Md., has proclaimed Saturday, March 2, "Space Day in Takoma Park." NASA's education program will be on hand to help inspire the next generation of explorers.
Space Day events will take place at the Takoma Park Community Center, located at 7500 Maple Avenue. NASA activities will take place at 12-2 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Media representatives are welcome to attend.
Bruce Williams, mayor of the small town just north of Washington, issued a proclamation to bring attention to space and astronomy, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and to encourage the residents of Takoma Park to take advantage of this unique experience. NASA will provide space-related exhibits and experts to engage both children and adults. In addition, NASA Associate Administrator for Education and two-time space shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin will be available to talk with students and explain the exciting benefits of studying STEM courses.
"The explorers of tomorrow are taking STEM courses today, and they have a bright future ahead of them," said Melvin. "When I get a chance to interact with these eager scientists and engineers in training, I often wonder if one of them will take the first footsteps on the Martian surface."
For more information about NASA education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For information about other family-focused, space-related activities taking place during Takoma Park Space Day 2013, visit: http://www.imtfolk.org