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DATE: November 6, 2012 10:20:44 AM PST
Former NASA Astronaut to Guest Star in Western’s New Science and Arts Early Release Program Nov. 14

Contact: Debbie Gibbons, Western Washington University Extended Education Youth Programs manager, at (360) 650-6820 or debbie.gibbons@wwu.edu.

BELLINGHAM – Former NASA astronaut George “Pinky” Nelson, director of Western’s Science, Math and Technology Education (SMATE) program, will take Bellingham students in grades K-5 on a phenomenal trek through space Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Part of Western Youth Programs’ Science and Arts Early Release program, Gravity: May the Force be With Youis an exciting opportunity for students to put on their science goggles to experiment and test gravity.

Students will find out what gravity is and what it does. They will explore how gravity is the force that keeps people on Earth and discover how it keeps the moon circling Earth and the planets orbiting the sun. 

Designed for K-5 students in the Bellingham School District, Western’s Science & Arts Early Release program is an extraordinary opportunity to explore the fun of science and art in a university setting. Taught in part by students from Western’s Woodring College of Education, each session begins with 45 minutes of recreation activities before participants settle down to learn about one of many exciting topics.

On Oct. 24, students experimented with black lights, fluorescent lights and optics equipment to explore why light is both obvious and mysterious.

In the Nov. 14 session with “Pinky” Nelson, participants will:

On Nov. 28, students will reach for the stars as they learn about astronomy and in Western’s planetarium.

Winter and spring themes will include zoology, earth science and visual arts. Early release classes cost $39 per session or $33 each when enrolling in five or more per quarter, when available.

A 20-minute parking permit for convenient drop-off and pick-up will be provided to participants at no additional cost. Students are asked to bring a rain jacket, a healthy snack and drink, and a curious mind.

For more information or to register online, visit www.wwu.edu/youth, email youth@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-3308.

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