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025 - South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

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South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

The South Florida Science Center's Education team is very excited to have been selected by the ARISS program to be a contact site for the ISS this summer. Being located in Palm Beach County, the 3rd largest in Florida, has afforded us the opportunity to pull participants from all different demographics located from Boca Raton through Jupiter. We have constructed our program for and invited participants from grades 3 - 12 to complete a 250-word essay with the topic “If you had a chance to ask an astronaut any question, what would it be and why?” One essay will be chosen from participating schools to then be presented to a panel of judges at the Science Center. We believe that the diversity of participants along with the variety of excellent exhibit spaces we have to offer, including our new exhibit, Astronaut, our in-house HAM Radio Station, and our newly renovated theater will offer a great setting for the awards and ISS communication ceremony.

The Science Center has always been a hub for space science, offering public viewings and educational programs in Palm Beach’s only public planetarium and observatory. This Fall, we’re proud to host a brand-new exhibit on the museum circuit, Astronaut. Through hands-on and full-body displays, this revealing science exhibition investigates the reality of what it takes to be a modern-day Astronaut. Visitors can experience a rocket launch, G-forces, grow a space garden, and more! We anticipate hosting several local school groups and encourage all ARISS contest participants to see the exhibit for themselves. No matter the age, ethnicity, or educational background, we guarantee that visitors will leave this exhibit with a new respect for Astronauts. We couldn’t be more honored to participate in the ARISS program and help to inspire the next generation of space explorers.

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Christopher (St. Andrew's School, 2nd): What is the most unexpected discovery you have made when doing your science experiments on the International Space Station?

2. Eli (Manatee Elementary School, 4th): What do you think the future of air travel will be?

3. Kamia (Glade View Elementary, 5th): What is your favorite thing to do in space that feels different than it does here on Earth?

4. Dishika (Elbridge Gale Elementary, 5th): How easy or difficult is it for astronauts to adjust their body's circadian rhythms knowing that it is always dark in space?

5. Josetta (Green Acreas Elementary, 5th): If you had suddenly received orders to turn back to earth, what would be the last think you do in space before you head back?

6. Nicholas (Calusa Elementary, 4th): What experiment do you consider to be the one that has best helped us live better on Earth, or one that has helped out the most with space exploration?

7. Logan (Everglades Elementary, 5th): Can we launch a rocket from space or from the moon to make it to Mars?

8. Hanna (The Benjamin School, 5th): How does it feel to be at zero-gravity?

9. Anthony (Roosevelt Middle School, 6th): How does an astronaut maneuver the rocket in space?

10. Isabella (Western Pines Middle, 6th): How do Astronauts manage their clothing and do you do laundry in space?

11. Lucy (Palm Beach Day Academy, 7th): What was your biggest fear during your mission?

12. Trakwon (Gaines Park Community Center, 7th): What are the steps of becoming an astronaut?