Join us in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon with some fun activities and at the same time learn about our universe!

Bring family and friends to AstroFest day to hear astronomical presentations, free planetarium shows, opportunities to view the sun through a solar telescope, and participate in amazing activities (learn about meteorites, make UV bead bracelets, build paper rockets, and much, much more). Kids can even earn a free AstroFest badge if they participate in the educational activities on astronomy held on the Spori Quad. Best of all, it’s free!

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Schedule of Events- Come Rain or Shine we will have the following events

Presentations (Location Romney 172):

  • 10:30 am: SPS Physics Demonstration Show
  • 11:00 am: “Reach for the Sky! High Altitude Balloon Experiences” by Ryan Nielson
  • 11:30 am: “How the Apollo Moon Landings Shaped our Understanding of the Moon’s Origin.” by Brian Tonks
  • 12:00 pm: SPS Physics Demonstration Show

Solar Telescopes (safely view the Sun)

  • Location & Time: Spori Quad from 10:00am – 1:45pm

Planetarium Shows

  • Location: Romney 107
  • Shows & Times:
    • Capcom Go at 10:15am
    • Dawn of the Space Age at 11:00am
    • Capcom Go at 11:45am
    • Dawn of the Space Age at 12:15pm
    • Capcom Go at 1:00pm
    • Capcom Go at 1:30pm

Estes Rocket Competition

    Bring your rocket to the "Estes Rocket Competition" table for our judges to award the best decorated rocket. At 2:00pm we will launch the rockets with A8-3 engines provided by our rocket team members on the Spori Quad. 

Mars Rover Lego Robotics

    Come build a model Mars Rover using a Lego Mindstorm Robot and learn how to program it in various challenges. There are two sessions, starting promptly at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Kids STEAM Activities Location & Time: Spori Quad from 10:00am – 1:45pm

  • AstroFest Patch Program: Earn an AstroFest embroidered patch by participating in various AstroFest activities.
  • Lunar and Meteorite samples-  Lunar and meteorite samples for kids to investigate & if you are lucky you may be able to take one home.
  • 3D printing metal rocket engines
  • UV bead bracelets - make a simple bracelet and use various materials to compare their effects on blocking UV light. 
  • Augmented Reality Sandbox
  • Space themed Face Painting
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Rockets – make paper rockets and launch them
  • Virtual Reality Goggles– 360 degree view of the moon
  • Moon phases Oreo Cookies- Learn the different phases of the moon using Oreo cookies.
  • Solar System Art- Using black card stock, participants use soft pastel chalk to draw planets and stars, learning shadowing techniques from an instructor.
  • Lunar Crater Formation Activity- Learn about the surface of the moon using flour and cocoa powder and dropping various small objects from different heights to simulate meteorites hitting and forming craters.

And many more activities!!!

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Sponsored by the BYUI Physics Department (Stephen McNeil) and the NASA Solar System Ambassador Program (Natalie Macbeth)