June 1, 2018
Writer: Cinthya Rubio
The BYU-Idaho physics department will be hosting their first Astrofest on June 9.
The event will show the audience what the department conducted last year during the Great American Solar Eclipse. It will also have planetarium shows, solar telescope, and other activities.
“It will be a lot of fun and free activates were people can come and participate in STEM related educational activities,” Natalie MacBeth, a faculty member of the Physics department and a NASA ambassador said.
She said the idea to do an event like this came up because BYU has done something similar for the last five years.
“Brother McNeil (Physics Department Chair) had the desire to put something like that here at BYU-Idaho with the goal of outreach to the community,” MacBeth said. “Last summer when we had the total solar eclipse he thought it was a great opportunity to kick it off.”
MacBeth said Dr. Karen Roark from the NASA Ames Research Center at Silicon Valley will also be attending the event.
“She is an education specialist at NASA Aimers and she will be sharing some information and anyone can come and meet her and all the latest happenings in NASA,” MacBeth said.
She said she hopes people who attend the event have a lot of fun and hope they get excited about the universe.
For more information about the event you can visit byui.edu/physics.