Far Out: Our Solar System Opening Day

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Date(s) - 09/28/2018
Time: - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

IDEA Museum

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Our signature fall exhibition highlights artwork, activities and popular cultural media that will help you imagine that you are on a spaceship blasting off from Earth and traveling through the planets that make up our solar system.

The exhibition features art that illustrates the exploration of the eight planets that orbit our sun. Art-making activities and other interactives will explore what is known about each of the planets and their moons, as well as the comets, asteroids and minor planets that inhabit our solar system.

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The exhibition explores many questions:

• What is NASA, and what is its mission?
• What happened to planet Pluto?
• When will humans travel to the planet Mars?
• What are constellations?
• Why does the Earth rotate and what is gravity?

Get ready for a far-out adventure! Activities are created with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind.

Hands-on activities in the exhibition aim to engage the entire family. Curriculum currently in development covers a variety of topics, including space, solar system, sky observations, sun as a source of energy, space exploration and concepts related to weather, and gravity. Topics will integrate science, social studies, math and language arts.

Young artists & space explorers will enjoy:
• Blasting off into the solar system with the space travel simulator
• Using a “Passport” to explore the solar system and learn facts about each planet
• Learning how much you would weigh on different planets
• Exploring Area 51 (Black Light Room)
• Building prototypes of space crafts
• Observing meteorites on display

Learn more at www.ideaMuseum.org.

Admission is $9 per person ages 1 and up; members and babies younger than 1 are free.

Artwork credit: Rocketeer by Corinne Geertsen of Mesa, Ariz.

Sponsored by: POGO Pass, i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors Inc., City of Mesa and Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program sponsors are: The Steele Foundation for Artful Tales Experience; Gila River Indian Community and Season for Sharing for Access for All programs.

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