Galaxy Forum Kansas – Cumulative

Galaxy Forum Kansas — Hutchinson

Saturday 13 August (1-3pm) @ Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

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Galaxy Forum Kansas is a collaboration between Space Age Publishing Company, the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation and International Lunar Observatory Association. Ad Astra Kansas is an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research, as well as an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium since 2003. It was founded in 2001 with the Mission of Advancing the Kansas State Motto for the benefit of Kansas, America and the World.

Via AAK:

The Kepler Space Telescope’s discovery this spring of 1284 more exoplanets exploded the tally of its finds since its launching in 2009 to over 2000.

Sharing with us her expertise and that of her colleagues on this bonanza of scientific discovery at the upcoming Galaxy Forum will be Kansas native Dr. Penny Warren. Warren has worked on Kepler as a Principle Engineer for Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Corp., the Colorado aerospace company that built the Kepler instrument and spacecraft for NASA.

The Ad Astra Kansas Galaxy Forum will be held August 13 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, from 1-3 p.m. Also on the line-up is a presentation by the Kansas Astronomical Observers about the highly anticipated reopening of the Lake Afton Observatory near Wichita. Additional speakers TBA soon.

This educational event is free, geared towards teachers, students and the interested public.

Warren is currently the Area Manager for Ball’s Detector Engineering group, which de-signed, built, and tested the focal plane array in the Kepler photometer. She also is a technical contributor for Ball’s electro-optical instruments.

A Winfield native, Warren earned a B.S. degree from K-State in physics in 1987, and additional MS and PH.D degrees Purdue University. She joined Ball in 2002.

Kepler: A Search for Habitable Planets — Penny Warren, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Corp.

Also featuring these additional presentations:

Planetary Voyages 2016: NASA at Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto — Caleb Gimar, Cosmosphere space science educator

Out of Darkness — Into Light — Fred Gassert, Chairman, Lake Afton Observatory

Space Academy for Educators — Jeanette Bosch, Honeywell Educators Space Academy 2016 attendee

Background:

Galaxy Forum is the primary education and outreach initiative of ILOA, it is an architecture designed to advance 21st Century science, education, enterprise and development around the world.

Galaxy Forums are public events specifically geared towards high school teachers, educators, astronomers of all kinds, students and the general public. Presentations are provided by experts in the fields of astrophysics / galaxy research, space exploration and STEM education, as well as related aspects of culture and traditional knowledge. Interactive panel discussions allow for community participation and integration of local perspectives.

Stats:

  • Almost 70 Galaxy Forums, with a total of about 300 presentations to date.
  • Held in 26 locations worldwide including Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Kansas and New York.
  • Started with Galaxy Forum USA, July 4, 2008 in Silicon Valley, California.

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i.

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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2015 – Hutchinson

Saturday 29 August 2015 (1-3pm) @ The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The theme for Galaxy Forum Kansas this year is “PLUTO — Getting to Know You”. This is the 6th straight Galaxy Forum in Hutchinson, a program that has engaged hundreds of local teachers and accelerated the development of the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation. Founded in 2001 and an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium since 2003, AAK Foundation is an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research in the state of Kansas with a mission to advance the Kansas State Motto, “Ad Astra Per Aspera” for the benefit of Kansas, America and the World.

The program is embedded below.

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PowerPoint presentations and photos from the event should be available soon…
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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2014 – Hutchinson

Saturday 19 July 2014 @ Endeavour Room, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

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The theme of Galaxy Forum Kansas this year is “The Moon, Mars and Journeying to the Stars.” This is the 5th straight Galaxy Forum in Hutchinson, a program that has engaged hundreds of local teachers and accelerated the development of the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation. Founded in 2001 and an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium since 2003, AAK Foundation is an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research in the state of Kansas with a mission to advance the Kansas State Motto, “Ad Astra Per Aspera” for the benefit of Kansas, America and the World.

The Program includes: (Slides from the Presentations will be available here soon)

The Moon — Shawn Carithers, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Mars Rovers and the Upcoming MAVEN Mission — Greg Novacek, WSU Foundation for Science and Math Education

Terraforming Mars and NASA Interactives on Humans in Space — Daniel Webb, KU Astrophysics graduate

Finding Sun-like Stars — Jerelyn Ramirez, Kansas Astronomical Observers (the Wichita area astronomy club)

The Jupiter / Saturn Systems and Beyond — TBD

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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2013 – Hutchinson

Saturday 27 July 2013 (1-3pm) @ Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

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Galaxy Forum Kansas is co-sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation, Space Age Publishing Company and the International Lunar Observatory Association. Founded in 2001 and an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium since 2003, Ad Astra Kansas is an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research in the state of Kansas. The foundations primary mission is to Advancing the Kansas State Motto, Ad Astra Per Aspera, for the benefit of Kansas, America and the World.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating Limited, please RSVP to jeanettesteinert@att.net.

Program:

Intro to the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation — sponsor of today’s event— its mission and future projects.

VOYAGER (Are We There Yet?) — We might be–according to Dr. Thomas Armstrong, NASA co-investigator on the Voyager project for its entire 35 years. In this update to last year’s presentation, find out from Armstrong the latest information which leads many scientists to think Voyager I has entered interstellar space and what they are finding out.

EXPLORING SPACE WEATHER—The Van Allen Storm Probes Everyone is familiar with changes in the Earth’s weather, but weather also occurs in space. Changes in the Sun’s energy flow cause changes in the space environment near Earth. Twin probes launched last August are recording data to quantify the processes that generate the radiation belts and cause them to change. Learn how this affects our space-based and ground-based technologies. Learn what scientists are looking to find out from veteran NASA scientists Dr. Thomas Armstrong and/or Dr. Jerry Manweiller.

FROM UNDERSTANDING BASIC PARTICLE PHYSICS —to exploring the Universe During the first half of 2013, a number of startling advances in astro-particle physics have been announced. In addition to this–the next ultra large cosmic ray experiment is being developed, regions of the world (including southwest Kansas) tested for their suitability to host such an experiment. In this talk you will get a brief introduction of the ideas of particle physics and how they are being transformed into astro-particle measurements to further understand the Universe and the forces within it.

*Professional Development credit is available.

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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2012 – Hutchinson

Saturday 22 Sep 2012 @ The Endeavour Room, Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

Galaxy Forum Kansas 2012

Galaxy Forum Kansas is organized by the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation in collaboration with Space Age Publishing Company and the ILOA. AAKF is a non-profit organization focused on promoting science in Kansas, especially the space sciences. The Foundation and its members act as an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research in the state of Kansas and is an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium. The Kansas state motto established in 1861, Ad Astra Per Aspera (To The Stars Through Difficulties), has been a source of strength and guidance for almost 150 years and continues to inspire 21st Century Education and scientific achievement.

FREE and Open to Teachers, Astronomers of all kinds, Students and the Public. SPACE is LIMITED. To reserve seats send name and number attending to: info@adastra-ks.org. Teachers can correlate with State Science Standards.

Ken Moum, Ad Astra Kansas Foundation: Ad Astra: Cool History — Bright Future

Vicki Johnson, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Wichita Chapter: To the Stars Thru STEM

Dr. Thomas Armstrong, Fundamental Technologies LLC: History of Space / Voyager and More

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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2011 – Hutchinson

Saturday 27 August 2011 @ Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

(Credit: ILOA, Ad Astra Kansas, Solomey WSU)

This is the third in our series of outstanding Galaxy Forums held at this location. The Galaxy Forum this year was conducted from 1:00-3:00pm. The agenda included:

Ken Moum of Ad Astra Kansas: Taking Initiative for 150 Years and Beyond, Inspiring Students in STEM


Kay Neil Past President, Kansas Association of Teachers of Science: Chemistry Connections to the Universe

Dr. Mark Schneegurt of Witchita State University: Extreme Living: Finding Salty Martians

Dr. Nicholas Solomey of Witchita State University: Update on Auger North Observatory

Later in the evening, 1000+ people attended the 3rd Annual “Starry Night” Observation Party which includes rocketry, education, music and star observations. This event is free, open to the public and is from 5:30-10:30pm.

We appreciate new innovative ideas and renewed commitments to expanding and improving Galaxy education and exploration at all levels during Galaxy Forum Kansas 2011.

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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2010 – Hutchinson

Saturday 28 August (2pm – 4pm) @ the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

Left to Right: Steve Durst (ILOA / Space Age Publishing), Prof Meyers (WSU), Dr. Nicholas Solomey (WSU), Elias Jordan, Senator Stephen Morris (President of the Kansas Senate), Janette Steinert (Ad Astra Kansas)

This was the 2nd Galaxy Forum in Kansas.Left to Right: Steve Durst (ILOA / Space Age Publishing), Prof Meyers (WSU), Dr. Nicholas Solomey (WSU), Elias Jordan, Senator Stephen Morris (President of the Kansas Senate), Jeanette Steinert (Ad Astra Kansas)

Galaxy Forum Kansas 2010

Download the Galaxy Forum Kansas 2010 announcement here (337 kb PDF).

Press coverage:

Presentations:

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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2009 – Hutchinson

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Saturday 22 August( 9:30-11:30am) @ Kansas Cosmophere and Space Center

Speakers (you can download their presentation in PDF format):

The event continued with a spirited panel discussion on advancing and enhancing general science education in Kansas.

Galaxy Forum Kansas also featured an “Additional Stellar Event” featuring an Astronaut presentation at the Cosmosphere marking the 25th anniversary of the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.

Click here to download the Galaxy Forum Kansas program handout.

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