Thursday, June 16, 2016

Official Newsletter - Summer 2016

Volume 16, Issue 2
Summer 2016
There are so many opportunities to have fun with your family this summer at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC! The power of America's national parks are undeniable and we have brought that experience to Tyler with National Parks Adventure, the newest show playing in the 40 foot dome theater. Later in the month on Saturday, June 25th, join Marianne Dyson, one of the first ten women to serve in NASA's Mission Control and learn all about new and interesting ideas to make space science and astronomy fun. In July, we are bringing back Casey Carle and BubbleMania: Science, Art, and Comedy by popular demand! Lastly, please check our schedule for details on all of the dome shows and Rock and Roll Laser shows playing this summer.

Hope to see you soon!  
Kim Lessner
Director, Center for Earth & Space Science Education
National Parks Adventure and the Return of BubbleMania!
Don't miss your chance to see the new full dome show "National Parks Adventure." The power of America's national parks is undeniable. Millions have packed up the family to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze upon towering cliffs and deep-plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arc of natural history, and, most of all, to share moments of wonder amid the protected treasures of this land. 

A MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure is acclaimed filmmaker Greg MacGillivray's most ambitious giant-screen film to date-a film that offers not only a sweeping overview of the national parks' history, but is equal parts adrenaline-pumping odyssey and soulful reflection on what the wilderness means to us all. Immersive cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds. Join world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America's majestic parks - including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches - in an action-packed celebration that will inspire the adventurer in us all, and highlight how important it is that we protect these treasured landscapes.
National Parks Adventure will play Tuesday- Saturday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are only $5.00 for children, seniors, and students and $7.00 for adults. Ticket can be purchased at the front counter or here.

He is back by popular demand!!! Don't miss your chance to see the world famous Casey and his incredible Bubblemania show! We will be having 7 special showings during the end of July. The shows will be Thursday, July 21st at 7:00 pm, Friday, July 22nd at 4:30 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:30 pm, and Saturday, July 23rd at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 4:30 pm. Tickets are only $5 for children and seniors and $7 for adults. Bubblemania mixes art, comedy, science, and entertainment in a way that captures the imagination of all ages. The show features giant floating spheres, soap-film "serpents," bouncing bubbles, hands-only bubbling, balanced columns of bubble foam, cube bubbles, the Amazing Popcorn Machine, the mesmerizing Crystal Ball, and even a spinning Bubble Spacecraft. Tickets sold out fast last year so don't delay!

Space Still Available for Robot Camp!
Instructed by Brian Kremer, coordinator for the Center for Earth and Space Science Education, invites middle school students to a weeklong, intense summer camp experience. Participants will learn all about the different components of robotic systems. They will be able to build various robots that can complete a variety of different tasks. At the end of the week, the campers will be able to take home a robot that they built by themselves. 
For ages 8-12
$142 price includes T-shirt, camp photo and all supplies.
Campers must provide their own snacks.

For details on how to register feel free to give us a call at 903-510-2312 or visit!
Day Passes Available!
Join us any day we are open for a day filled with entertainment and education. Purchase an all day pass for a chance to see all of the full dome shows that are playing that day as well as a ticket to explore our interactive exhibit,
Sonic Sensations,
 which explores the physics of sound. Day passes are only $12 for adults and $9 for students, seniors, and children. 
Marianne Dyson

Are you looking for new and interesting ideas to make space science and astronomy fun? Don't miss the opportunity to attend free workshops on Saturday June 25th presented by Marianne Dyson, former NASA flight controller and Golden Kite and American Institute of Physics Writing Award winner.
Marianne will demonstrate science concepts using inexpensive supplies and made-at-home models. Learn what it feels like to go into space, what freefall is, why gravity doesn't pull the International Space Station to the ground, how to weigh a weightless rat, how to compare the size/mass of the Earth/Moon/Mars, how far you can jump on the Moon, how far away the Moon is, why modules are round in space, how to pick things up in space, where the Apollo missions landed on the Moon, and much more!
The free workshops will be held at the Center for Earth & Space Science Center at TJC on Saturday, June 25th at 9:00 am and at 1pm and will last approximately 90 minutes.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 22nd if you are interested in attending by either calling 903-510-2312 or emailing us at
Don't miss out on your chance to learn answers from a former NASA employee to some of the puzzling questions that students ask! 

Upcoming Events: 

Rock and Roll Friday

June 17th

Robot CampJune 20th-25th
Marianne Dyson
June 25th

Rock and Roll Friday

July 15th


July 21st, 22nd, and 23rd

Robot Camp
July 25th-29th

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education
1411 East Lake St.
Tyler, TX 75701                                                                                  903-510-2312

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