“Exploring Space: Smart Spacecraft, Big Data, and Digital Models” Traveling Exhibition
Exploring Space: Smart Spacecraft, Big Data, And Digital Models is a national traveling exhibition exploring the evolving role of computing in space science and astronomy. Exploring Space covers topics such as NASA’s spacecraft exploring new worlds, big data and its use in planetary exploration and exoplanet discovery, and how scientists use digital models to explore phenomena beyond our reach. The exhibit will be on display at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library from December 2019 through February 2020.
Over the past several years, expanding the number of youth exposed to computing concepts and their role in STEM has become an area of significant interest across the country. Developing computational thinking skills is an important stepping-stone in learning that programming exists in everyday life. Exploring Space engages visitors with hands-on, multimedia activities where they can build an artificial solar system on a 42” touch table, learn about data mining using computers, play with robots that can be easily programmed, and more.
Brentwood City Commissioners are excited about the exhibit. Commissioner Anne Dunn commented, “Blast off! What an honor to be one of four libraries chosen in the nation for this exciting hands-on program. Thanks to the library staff for taking on this challenge. I cannot wait to see our residents of all ages participating in this from one end of the library to the other.”
Commissioner Nelson Andrews is also looking forward to the exhibit. “Our library staff have put a great deal of time into making sure the John P. Holt Brentwood Library was selected from the many other applicants across the country to host this unique and interactive NASA display. They also spent hours training with NASA scientists to make sure the interactive experience will be as exciting as the science that helps us explore it. This interactive exhibition has elements for all ages, and I can’t wait to try it myself.”
WHAT: The Brentwood Mayor and John P. Holt Library leaders will officially launch the Exploring Space Exhibit, which is a national traveling exhibition exploring the evolving role of computing in space science and astronomy.
WHERE: John P. Holt Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Rd, Brentwood
WHO: Featured speakers:
- Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little
- Brentwood Library Director Susan Earls
- Brentwood Library Community Engagement Coordinator Brigid Day
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10:15am
- Refreshments and media interviews at event conclusion: 10:30 a.m.
No registration is required for this event. Join us for a morning of hands-on science and STEM activities and tour the exhibit at your own pace. Extra staff will be on hand to answer questions and lead related programming.
“Computational thinking is something we all use every day, even if we don’t know it. I’m excited to share the concepts of this exhibit with patrons of all ages in a fun and engaging way,” said Brigid Day, Community Engagement Coordinator. The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027. The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours, M-T, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Exploring Space: Smart Spacecraft, Big Data, And Digital Models was developed by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). It is part of the STAR library Network (STAR Net). The project was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation: DRL-1421427.