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Go For Launch! Comes to Durham County Library

Go For Launch!

Mission patch for Go For Launch! Durham.

Learn from an astronaut and other space industry experts!

Durham County Library is excited to present Go For Launch!, a three-day program that uses space exploration as a platform to launch student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), while encouraging development of teamwork, communication, and leadership skills.

Go For Launch!, run by the non-profit Higher Orbits, is open to Durham County students in grades 8-12 and will be offered free-of-charge via application during Durham Public School spring break, April 10-12 at Stanford L. Warren Branch Library. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.

Through their participation in Go For Launch! students will learn about human spaceflight and receive insight and feedback through a variety of hands-on activities delivered by experienced space and STEAM professionals. Speakers scheduled to participate in this event include retired NASA Astronaut Don Thomas, former International Space Station Flight Controller and Astronaut Instructor Michelle Lucas and other space & STEAM professionals. The goal is to inspire tomorrow’s scientists and engineers by illustrating the numerous opportunities that exist in STEAM-related careers.

The students will participate in collaborative activities and develop the idea for a space experiment, which they will present to a panel of judges in the space and STEAM fields (including an astronaut). The judges will choose a winner from Durham’s event. Durham’s winner will compete with winners from Go For Launch! events at other locations and that winner will see their experiment launched to the International Space Station.

Go For Launch! is full. Registration is now closed.

For more information visit the Go For Launch! website. If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Clobridge at

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