Editor's Note: As your family makes plans to head out to an event this fall, we encourage you to check with event organizers to confirm details - and remember to pack your masks!
We continue to share many events that are being held virtually - scroll down for the link on where to stream when applicable.
Digital Computer Laboratory
This year’s ISD will be a week-long event held from Monday, October 5th to Saturday, October 10th. To allow increased participation and to follow COVID-19 guidelines set by the CDC, this year’s ISD will be completely virtual. Each day will be presented via Zoom in the early afternoon, exact times will be finalized and shared at a later date. Along with live exhibits they will be providing pre-recorded demonstrations for students to watch on their own time.
In addition, each day will address a specific theme including rocketry, science in space, lunar exploration, and more, allowing students of all interests to be involved!
To make up for the lack of in-person activities, ISS will also be providing activity kits for those who register before Monday, September 14th. They will be releasing further details regarding our plans for a safe and social distanced pick-up for both teachers and parents soon. If you are not in the Champaign Urbana region, they will be mailing supplies based on the address you submit during registration. So stay tuned!
Registration officially closes Monday, September 28th and the Zoom link for participating will be sent in September! We hope to see you in October!
Register here – https://forms.gle/Lz6Cerh15cYQshmu6
About Illinois Space Day
ISD is a free, annual educational outreach event hosted by the Illinois Space Society (ISS) at the University of Illinois. Each year we host a keynote speaker, interactive competitions, and science demonstrations including liquid nitrogen and space shuttle tile demos! This event is organized to educate students K-8 on Space Exploration and STEM topics. The event is a day long once a year activity with a total attendance typically around 200 people.
Notable examples of the many exhibits at ISD include:
- liquid nitrogen experiments
- space shuttle tile demonstrations
- egg drop competition
In the liquid nitrogen presentation, pennies, marshmallows, flowers, and balloons will all be frozen and displayed to the audience.
For the space shuttle tile, the thermal capabilities of certain composites required for atmospheric reentry will be shown by using a blowtorch to heat the tile. The attendees get to use a thermometer to verify the extreme temperatures from a safe distance, while also observing the presenters holding the tile in a gloved hand to display its insulating capabilities.
The egg drop demonstration allows children to build their own capsules in varying fashions with the goal of keeping an egg from breaking from a three story drop. This demonstrates why parachutes are used in rocket launches by introducing participants to the concept of drag.
In addition to ISS, around eight other student led organizations hold exhibits during the event. These organizations speak about their experience in various aerospace-related topics such as satellite development, high powered rocketry, astronomy, robotics, and aerodynamics of vehicles. The exhibits generally show families the simple science behind concepts like temperatures, aerodynamics, gravity, drag, and balance.
In addition to the various science exhibits at ISD, each year a professional in the aerospace industry is also asked to speak at the event. The speakers tailor their presentation to a younger crowd, with the goal of fostering an interest in space and science in general.