Blast into STEM

Students find that making one’s own nebula is great fun and a terrific way to learn.

JONESBORO — As part of the Arkansas Science Festival, Arkansas State University Museum will present “Blast into STEM” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during the week of Oct. 20-24.

A variety of hands-on activities will engage visitors in the awe-inspiring field of space science and enable them to connect with current NASA research, said Jill Kary, curator of education.

“Participants will be encouraged to make their own ‘spin-art nebula,’ build and test stomp rockets, explore star formation, consider what it might be like to mine an asteroid, and more,” Kary said.

These endeavors introduce guests to the ongoing research at NASA in the fields of heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics. All activities are COVID-appropriate and include both demonstrations and hands-on opportunities designed to introduce space science concepts safely.

“In honor of the Arkansas Science Festival, our educational offerings for the week will be space themed,” Kary said. “Our goal is to inspire children and adults to learn more about the limitless frontier of space.”

For more details, contact Jill Kary, jkary@ AState.edu or 870-972-2074. Museum opening hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and it is closed Sundays, Mondays and university holidays.