Four student groups from Missouri University of Science and Technology have collaborated to develop SpaceWeek 2013, a series of programs designed to educate the public about the wonders of space exploration, engineering and astronomy.

Four student groups from Missouri University of Science and Technology have collaborated to develop SpaceWeek 2013, a series of programs designed to educate the public about the wonders of space exploration, engineering and astronomy.
Missouri S&T's Advanced Aero Vehicle Group, Mars Rover Design Team, Micro-Satellite Team and Miners in Space will host a series of events Monday, Nov. 4, through Friday, Nov. 8. Each team will have an educational outreach component geared toward students in grades kindergarten through 12, an on-campus event and a guest speaker. All events are free and open to the public.
SpaceWeek will conclude with a technology expo to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, on both floors of the Havener Center. Tom Akers, a former NASA astronaut who earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mathematics from S&T in 1973 and 1975, respectively, will give a keynote speech at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in St. Pat's Ballroom of the Havener Center.
Akers, a former member of the S&T mathematics and statistics faculty, is a veteran of four space shuttle missions and was S&T's first astronaut. He has spent more than 800 hours in orbit, including more than 29 hours of extra-vehicular activity.
On Monday, Nov. 4, the Advanced Aero Vehicle Group will sponsor the following events:
n Paper rocket demonstration at 5:30 p.m. in Room 254 Toomey Hall,
n Guest lecture presented by Dr. Kirk Christensen, assistant teaching professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at S&T, at 8 p.m. in Room 140 Toomey Hall,
n Trivia competition at 9 p.m. in Room 199 Toomey Hall.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Miners in Space will sponsor the following events:
n Engineer-for-the-day experience at 5:30 p.m. in Room 250 Toomey Hall
n Guest lecture presented by Dr. Joshua Rovey, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at S&T, at 8 p.m. in Room 140 Toomey Hall
n Board game competition at 9 p.m. in St. Pat's Ballroom of the Havener Center.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Mars Rover Design Team will sponsor the following events:
n Tour of the planets at 5:30 p.m. in the Havener Center atrium
n Guest lecture presented by Dr. Michael Storrie-Lombardi, executive director of Kinohi Institute, at 8 p.m. in Room 140 Toomey Hall
n Star-gazing activity at 9 p.m. in Schuman Park.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Micro-Satellite Team will sponsor the following events:
n Aerospace adventures at 6 p.m. in Room 315 Toomey Hall
n Guest lecture presented by Dr. Kyle DeMars, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at S&T, at 8 p.m. in Room 140 Toomey Hall
n Space-themed movie screening, at 9 p.m. in Room 199 Toomey Hall.