This Earth Day Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera Is Heading to Space With Its Inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Event, "A Day In Space"

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Plenary Speakers include former NASA astronauts José Hernández and Mark Kelly; Diana Trujillo, Mars Curiosity Mission Lead-NASA JPL and Will Pomerantz, Vice-President Special Projects, Virgin Galactic; Emcee, Kim Baldanado, NBC4 Southern California, plus breakout sessions and interactive space fair.

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At inaugural science, technology, engineering and math event, "A Day In Space," plenary speakers include former NASA astronauts José Hernández and Mark Kelly; Diana Trujillo, Mars Curiosity Mission Lead-NASA JPL and Will Pomerantz, Vice-President Special Projects, Virgin Galactic; Emcee, Kim Baldanado, NBC4 Southern California, plus breakout sessions and interactive space fair.

WHO:
Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera will launch its inaugural “A Day In Space” event to promote the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Last year when Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera hosted NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez as a guest speaker, you could hear a pin drop in the school auditorium because students' ears were hanging on to Jose’s inspirational story of how he rose ‘to the stars’ through his studies and dedication to get into NASA,” said Jacki Cisneros, president and founder of Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera. “When we saw this intense interest from our Pico Rivera students, we knew we had to continue the momentum of inspiring them to explore engineering and the aerospace industry. This time we wanted to bring something to the community that would captivate even the youngest Pico Rivera resident.”

The FREE community event will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Pico Rivera, California and will invite and engage local students and families, age 0-100, to participate in a fun, inspiring, interactive and educational event to learn about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math and its application to careers in aerospace.

WHAT:

  • The day will begin with a morning plenary session. Emcee Kim Baldonado, news reporter for NBC4 Southern California, will lead the discussion between NASA Astronauts José Hernández and Mark Kelly, Diana Trujillo, Mars Curiosity Mission Lead-NASA JPL and Will Pomerantz, Vice-President Special Projects, Virgin Galactic on their personal journeys to their careers in space.
  • Immediately following, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in intimate break out sessions, including: Women in Space, Careers in Aerospace, and a Q&A with an Astronaut.
  • The Interactive Space Fair will allow guests to explore the many STEM-inspired exhibits, such as:

--Touch, feel and take a closer look at astromaterials from space, as well as a full-scale inflatable display by NASA JPL.
--Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities for early preK learners by Los Angeles Universal Preschool.
--Test your rocket science at Cal State Fullerton’s Aerospace Society table hosting an interactive and educational display.
--Build your very own Cubesat (i.e. miniature satellite) complete with an Arduino microcontroller and space sensor board at the Northrop Grumman booth. Then use the luminosity sensor to learn how astronomers detect exoplanets using the transiting planet method.
--Learn more about Play-Well TEKnologies and their Lego®-inspired engineering classes for grades K-8.
--Giveaways for the first 500 attendees!

Keeping with Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera’s mission of one college degree for every Pico Rivera household, the Fair will also host a college row of University and Cal State booths with representatives from their engineering programs.

WHY:
The event is designed to inspire each student—from the preschooler pretending to “blast off” into space to students eager to learn more about centripetal force and gravity—to walk away from “A Day In Space” eager to build their own educational road map to reach the career of their dreams.

ABOUT:
Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera’s mission is to help provide support services for students at El Rancho High School, in the hopes that one day every child has the opportunity to obtain a college degree. Our nonprofit provides seven different university-focused preparation programs to help students become better prepared for a higher education. For more information about Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera, please visit: http://g1dpicorivera.org/

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