Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for
children ages 6-10 and their families. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
January 25 - "Balloon Rockets" Make a balloon that flies like a rocket. Then experiment and see whether more air in the balloon makes it fly further.
February 1 - "Gun Drop Structures" Using only gundrops and toothpicks, can you design a structure that will hold a book?
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, February 11 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"How Do You Solve a Problem like Venus?" by
Sanjay Limaye, Planetary Scientist
Venus continues to be a problem to understand after many missions. JAXA's Akatsuki orbiter which has been monitoring the planet since December 2015 has mostly added to the questions about Venus but also offers hope for solving some of the mysteries such as- did life evolve on Venus? Why does it rotate backwards? Are volcanoes erupting on Venus at present? Why do the winds blow so fast?
Advances in astrobiology and growing interest in Venus-like exoplanets raise hope that the increasing interest in understanding Venus by targeted space missions may be fruitful.
Night Walk at UW Arboretum Friday, Febrary 8 • 6:30 - 8:00 pm
The name of this moon likely refers to the scarcity of food in some regions during mid-winter. We will enjoy the night sky and nature’s sounds under the waxing moon (full February 9). Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.