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UNC Pembroke Students Volunteer at Astronomy Days 2016

 

Meredith College and Middle Creek High School students working together to help UNC Pembroke Biology Club students put together the Earth's core fans

UNC Pembroke students partnered with the North Carolina Academy of Science, Meredith College, NC State University and Middle Creek High School on January 30 to volunteer for the annual Astronomy Days event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, N.C.

The theme of Astronomy Days 2016 was “The Search for Life beyond Earth.”  The North Carolina Academy of Science exhibit consisted of plant necklaces, the Earth’s core fans, live microorganisms to view under microscopes, an organism to environment matching game and an activity where children could draw their depictions of life on other planets.  

Dr. Maria Pickering, Meredith College professor, assisting a parent and child with the microscopes

Exhibits throughout the museum included the astronomy and astrophysics research lab, astrophotography, face-painting, visitation of animals that have been sent to outer space and various astronomical crafts.

Various presentations occurred throughout the day. Christina H. Koch, NASA Astronaut, discussed her experience as an astronaut, and she also mentioned NASA’s Human Space Flight plans to search for life beyond Earth. Following Koch, Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer and director of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute discussed the multiple planets within the Milky Way galaxy and the possibility of finding life on other planets.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences holds several events throughout the year. Future events include Groundhog Day on February 2 and Darwin Day on February 13. Future events can be found online on the museum’s website.

Biology Club volunteers

Biology Club volunteers

Biology Club volunteers
 Article submitted by Ashley Allen, Biology Club President (pictured on far left in photograph above)

Biology Club volunteers

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