“Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space” is a national traveling exhibition coming Feb. 1 to the Winfield Public Library, where it remains on display through April 19.

An inside look at NASA, America’s space agency, “Discover NASA” covers six key areas: Human Exploration; Earth Science; Mars Exploration; Solar System and Beyond; Aeronautics; and Technology.

The exhibit includes stunning imagery, hands-on activities and multimedia experiences such as a near real-time kiosk called “Eyes on Exoplanet,” an immersive experience of astronauts living onboard the International Space Station; a touch table interactive where users can build their own virtual solar systems; two large, touchable meteorite samples; a wind tunnel interactive; and many more engaging activities.  

Winfield Public Library also offers a related series of public events and programs to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities to children, teens and adults.  

“We are proud that Winfield Public Library was selected to be one of six sites nationwide to host the ‘Discover NASA’ exhibit,” said Joan Cales, library director.

“We have partnered with several local and regional organizations to help bring this exhibition to our community. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find that the subject matter will be engaging and fun.

“It will present NASA’s inspirational and important mission in a way that is understandable, inspirational and relevant. It should be a huge success in our community.” 

Sponsors for the exhibit and activities include: the Winfield Public Library Foundation and Endowment, the Friends of the Library, the Association for Library Service to Children and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Legacy Community Foundation, the Winfield Convention and Tourism Bureau, and the Southwestern College Philanthropy Board.

Winfield Public Library is located at 605 College St.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 

Opening party

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of programs and events, including the exhibit-launch weekend activities beginning Feb. 3 with an after-hours party that includes a presentation on astronomy from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. by the Kansas Cosmosphere, followed by a Star Party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Attendees can browse the interactive exhibit, enjoy hands-on activities, stargaze with experts and get excited about discovering space.

All ages are welcome.  

For a full schedule of the more than 70 events planned throughout the exhibition tour, visit www.wpl.org or call (620) 221-4470 or email library@wpl.org.

“Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space” was developed by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning.

It is part of NCIL’s STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net).

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