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Go For Launch

Team Orion at Kennedy Space Center for launch of experiment.Congratulations to team Orion! Their experiment was chosen as the overall Go For Launch! Durham series winner and launched to the International Space Station on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on December 5, 2018. Their experiment successfully ran on board ISS for a month, and was returned to Earth on board the Dragon space capsule at the end of January 2019. The team is still analyzing data.

Go For Launch mission patchLearn 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.

Through their participation in Go For Launch! students in grades 8-12 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 an astronaut, Michele Lucas, former International Space Station Flight Controller and Astronaut Instructor, 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 each Durham event. Each program’s winner will compete with winners from Go For Launch! events at other Durham County Library locations and that winner will see their experiment launched to the International Space Station. So, an experiment from Durham is guaranteed to launch into space!

Durham County Library and the Durham Library Foundation are sponsoring this unique program so that students can attend at no charge.

Go For Launch! Programs:

  • COMPLETE – April 2017, Stanford L. Warren Library
  • COMPLETE – August 2017, Southwest Regional Library
  • COMPLETE – January 2018, North Regional Library
  • COMPLETE – April 2-4, 2018, South Regional Library
  • COMPLETE – April 5-7, 2018, East Regional Library

Check out some photos from the first Go For Launch in Durham in April, 2017. Images courtesy Huth Photo.