It's too late for me to plan this for our group, but here's the info in case you'd like to attend:
Harbison Theatre would like to invite you and your students to come hear a special talk by NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins!
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. $8
A dynamic young engineer at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Kobie Boykins is on the front line of Mars exploration. Boykins designed the solar arrays that power the Mars exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Landing on Mars on January 25, 2004, Opportunity was designed to survive a mission lasting approximately 90 days. Remarkably, the rover continues to traverse the surface of Mars to this day, sending back valuable scientific data.
Most recently, Boykins was responsible for the design of actuators on Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, which safely landed on Mars on August 6, 2012.
Boykins’ other projects have included work on the Mars Pathfinder mission and the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, making measurements by satellite of the Earth’s oceans.
In 2002, Boykins joined a team of young scientists for a public education tour—dubbed “Marsapalooza”—to raise awareness of the Mars Exploration Project. Four years later he was featured in the JASONProject Expedition “Mysteries of Earth and Mars,” bringing his passion for space exploration to students and teachers worldwide. An engaging public speaker who puts a fresh face on America’s space program, Boykins recounts the challenges and triumphs of the Mars exploration rover missions, sharing remarkable images and discoveries that continue to come to us from the Red Planet.
Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins
January 23, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St. Irmo, SC 29063
$8 per student, 60-minute presentation
If you cannot make the 1:30 time, there is a special rate for student groups during the 7:30 show ($12 for K - 12 groups of 10+ / $18 individual ticket)
For more information, visit http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2013/05/exploring-mars-kobie-boykins/