Kentucky Space Program

Seeking Stars At Morehead Space Science Center

(Morehead, Kentucky) – An eager group of students from Whitley County, Elliot County, Paducah Tilghman, and Jenkins Independent visited the Space Science Center at Morehead State University looking for a future in space.  The center at MSU is a world leader in small satellite development and tracking.

According to Space Science Director, Ben Malphrus students not only get a solid academic foundation, but they also work on projects like the current Lunar IceCube which is scheduled to go to the moon next year in search of lunar ice.  This is an important step in man living on the moon and moving further on to mars.

Students and parents alike had no idea that the space is one of the leading industries in the state of Kentucky, larger than bourbon, autos or horse racing.  Bigger yet for the potential students is that Morehead University Space Science program plays a significant role in producing experienced graduates who are in high demand across the country.

Students from schools in the Dataseam program interested in studying Space Science or other STEM related fields are eligible for the DataseamScholar at Morehead State University program which helps with tuition.  Application is due December 15, 2019 and further details and application can be found at https://moreheadstate.awardspring.com.

Wild Winners of the 2018 Dataseam Sci-Fi Project

New worlds.  New ways of viewing our world.  New ways to go forward or not.  The Dataseam Si-Fi Project recognizes the blend of science and imagination that creates an important genre of Science Fiction.  We have to imagine the world before we can create it.  We have to see the possibilities before we can work toward making them real.

Best of Show Winner – The Weapon

Writing Winner – Mazatlan

Movie Winner – The Time Ripple

Visual Art Winner – Guardian Rofaz

Visual Art Merit Award – Trappist-1

Movie Winner (Middle School) – The Chronicles of Schneidonia

Congratulations to winners of the 2018 Dataseam Sci-Fi Project.  Thank you to all the entries who shared their talent and insight.

The Kentucky Aerospace Industry accounts for billions of dollars in exports every year and Morehead State University Space Science program is a world leader in small satellite development, testing and tracking.

 

Combining Dreams, Fiction and Science to Achieve the Impossible.

(Hazard, Ky) – Many times reality starts with a dream.  A vision.  A need to change.  A desire to make things different.  And what some see as fiction, others see as possibilities and an ultimate reality.  We are not supporting fake news or fake science.  We are talking about envisioning a future, and working toward making it happen.

John Goodlette of Hazard, Kentucky dreamed of building and flying airplanes – not an easy vision for a youngster born in the 1930’s in eastern Kentucky.  He went on to engineer the first successful landing of an earth spacecraft on another planet (Mars). Watch the incredible story of turning dreams into real science below.

Dataseam Sci-Fi Project  The Dataseam Sci-Fi Project gives your students a chance to set their dreams in motion.  What can they visualize?  What world can they create?  What do they see for near or long-term space exploration?  Movie, Written or Art projects are not due until March 1st, but they should start dreaming today.  See the complete program details.

Display of John D. Goodlette memorabilia is on display at the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky in Hazard.

 

Today At School, We Traveled To Mars, And Saved The Earth.

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(Hazard, Kentucky) – Three teams from Clay County Middle School visited the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky at Hazard recently as part of the Kentucky Space Movie Project.  Students from Sheryl Bowling’s Multi Media class had created short science fiction movies and were visiting the campus in Hazard to showcase their movies and participate in space engineering based projects.

Over the last few months, students developed a concept, wrote, directed, acted in, shot and edited their films.  The project helped the students work on their writing skills and learn more about engineering and space related science.  They identified “teamwork” as the thing they learned the most.  In order to complete the project they had to communicate and work together like never before.

In addition to seeing their movies projected on the big screen at Hazard Community and Technical College, the students worked to solve several engineering challenges organized by Challenger Learning Center’s Joe Collins.  Using an array of materials, the student teams had a limited time to design, construct, test and report on machines they built to accomplish specific goals.  One mission was to move a nuclear bomb (soda can) to a safe area without touching the bomb with their hands.  Another was to build a tower to hold power sources at least six inches apart.  Still another had students launch a projectile twenty-five feet across the room to hit an incoming asteroid (coffee can).

Yes, they hit the asteroid.  We have video to prove it.  Also take a few minutes to watch the science fiction movies.  Kentucky Space Movie Project.

So these students used their imagination to travel and explore our universe.  Then just for fun they stopped an incoming asteroid in order to save the world.  After watching these young people interact, think, test, fail and make corrections, I feel a little safer about the earth’s future.