Santa Rosa ISD event to feature NASA scientists

SANTA ROSA — An after school program filled with a planetarium, asteroids and comets is coming to Santa Rosa High School.

The school’s Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program will host the NASA Space Day event Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

NASA scientists Dr. Michael Zolensky and Dr. Dean Muirhead will be presenting the latest technologies and research being conducted at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The event will include several hands-on science activities, such as the comet-on-a-stick, rocket building, Alka-Seltzer rockets, strange new planets and other age appropriate activities.

In addition, the guest scientists will help judge a Mission Patch competition.

According to Alberto Trevino, ACE Project Director, the main goal is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM programs.

The other goal is to help parents engage with their children’s education.

“This event is possible because of the willingness of a NASA scientist and Rice University professor to come and share information about the work they do. This will include a special showing on asteroids and comets to students and families in the portable planetarium,” Trevino said.

“While this is an ACE activity, we are inviting all students and parents from Santa Rosa ISD as well as Santa Maria ISD. Santa Maria ISD is part of our ACE program,” he said.

“We are very excited about having NASA scientists and other science professionals visit our school and work with our students and families at SRISD,” Trevino said.

WHAT: NASA Space Science Day

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Santa Rosa High School, 102 Jesus R. Cruz St.

WHO: Students and parents from Santa Rosa ISD and Santa Maria ISD