On Saturday, May 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine),
NASA Goddard will open its gates and welcome families from across the
region to witness the great work we do. Explore@NASA Goddard will
offer over 100 activities to our guests to enjoy and learn from. In
addition to these amazing opportunities to experience science,
engineering and technology, and to meet those of us who work here, we
will offer an abundance of food and entertainment choices for all. Our
scientists, engineers and technologists will be on hand with members
of Goddard’s education and public engagement community to provide lots
of exciting hands-on activities and to provide tours of many of our
unique facilities. We will also have a Science Café and Science on a
Sphere shows featuring demonstrations and dynamic speakers.
In addition, we will have science shows and engaging activities from
Mad Science and the Franklin Institute, along with a Build the Future
event, sponsored by LEGO®.
Our feature stage performance will be the Grammy Award-winning,
internationally renowned, all-woman, African-American a cappella
ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock®. They will woo us with their
diverse collection of songs inspired by several styles including
Blues, African chant, jazz, spiritual and gospel, rap, reggae, and Hip
Hop. Melodic tunes will be performed by Goddard’s own a cappella
superstars, The Chromatics. Come listen as they deliver a unique blend
of cover songs and science originals. Milkshake, the adult band that
plays kids rock, will entertain us with original songs composed for
PBS KIDS and Discovery Kids. More local entertainers will also be a
part of the event, and our very own DJ Scientific, Mark Branch, will
be on hand playing a variety of hits throughout the day.
In keeping with the festival atmosphere, there will be tasty treats
for everyone. In addition to roaming ice cream trucks (Scoops2U and
Kona Ice), we will also have delicious food sure to satisfy a variety
of cravings. Our food vendor lineup includes Bayside Bull BBQ; Red,
Hot, & Blue; Pepper Jack Grille; Funtastic Foods; Little Jimmy’s Fun
Foods; Keith's Treats & Eats; Margaret’s Soul Food, KBQ Real Barbeque,
The Food Station, and Dippin’ Dots.
Charm City Cakes, the bakery featured on TLC’s hit show, Ace of Cakes,
will present an extraordinary creation in a special tribute to NASA in
honor of the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight and the 30th year
of NASA’s space shuttle program. Local dessert master, Chef Lou, of
Chef Lou’s Desserts in Old Greenbelt, will also join in on the
celebration. Both bakeries will offer free sweet treats to the first
You get the idea. This event is more than an ordinary day at Goddard.
Come out, bring all of your family and friends, and see for yourself!
Finally, WE NEED YOUR HELP! We expect thousands of people to share in
this exciting day. Event staffers are still needed. General support is
needed during the afternoon and all-day shifts. Sign up now, and we
promise it will be a memorable experience! Lunch, snacks and other
perks will be included! Contact Maria Acevedo-Rivera
%20Goddard> or Christina Coleman <mailto:Christina.A.Coleman@nasa.gov?
subject=Explore@NASA%20Goddard> for more information.
You can discover everything about Explore@NASA Goddard on Wednesday,
May 11 at 2:00 p.m., in the Building 8 Auditorium, at the Explore@NASA
Goddard Know It All Session. Please come out to learn more about the
event and get all of your questions answered.
For additional information about Explore@NASA Goddard, visit