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Go For Launch Durham 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 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 astronaut Michael J. Foreman, 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 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.

The library is sponsoring this unique program so that students can attend at the reduced cost of $25 per student.* This is a significant discount on the normal $250 cost per student.

Dates: Wednesday – Friday, August 16-18, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707

Cost: $25 per student

More Information & Registration

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

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

*Need-based scholarships are available.