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"Moonrise" Tech Day Celebrates Space Age Science

Shot of astronaut in space
Mon, 07/01/2019

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew arrived at the Moon, and U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous giant leap for all of humankind upon the lunar surface. The Georgetown County Library System (GCLS) has been featuring programs and activities all summer long to celebrate this historic achievement as part of a generous Library Services and Technology Act (LTSA) grant successfully submitted by Dwight McInvaill, GCLS Director, and his staff. The funded project, “Moonrise: Exploring New Phases of Innovation,” has fostered a diversity of original programming and materials to cater to a true hunger for scientific literacy across Georgetown County.

On Thursday, July 18, at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., adults are invited to the Waccamaw Library for “Moonrise Tech Day: Exploring New Phases of Technology,” a morning of exciting tech exploration connected with the Moonrise project. We will show off 3D printing, laser cutting, virtual reality, and more! Donald Dennis, Teen Services Librarian, and Chris Bell, Teen Tech Assistant, will be sharing details about Library makerspace programs and activities. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the principles of how these cool technologies work, and how some of them are used in space or to train the engineers and astronauts of the future. Participants are welcome to stay on after the tech demo to create their own laser cut items or spectate our 3D printer class.   

3D Printing: Astronauts have used 3D printers to create essential tools and hardware in space. We’ve replicated those tools, created models of rockets, and made representations of objects in our solar system.

Laser Cutting: Punch light through wood with the fury of a thousand suns to create artwork, useful items, jewelry, and delightful geegaws.

Virtual Reality: Visit other worlds and explore our solar system using our Oculus Rifts VR systems. Or, if you like, join the Kerbal Space Program and learn how to engineer rockets.