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NASA invites public to learn about light, optics, and the James Webb Space Telescope

19 July 2012

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will host a special Webb Family Science Night on 25 July, offering middle-school aged children and their families to explore light, optics, and NASA's most powerful space telescope.

The James Webb Space Telescope will examine every phase of our history including the first galaxies to form after the Big Bang. Through a variety of hands-on activities, visitors will explore light and optics as they learn about the Webb telescope from experts who work on it. Participants will then build a simple-refracting telescope that they will get to take home to explore the Universe on their own.

The Webb Family Science Night is a hands-on and inquiry-based program designed for middle school students and their families, intended to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) engagement, interest, and understanding. The Webb Family Science Night is a collaboration between NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and Goddard's Office of Education. The educational materials supporting this event are donated by SPIE, the international society for photonics and optics.

SPIE Fellows Brian Lula (Physik Instrumente) and Joseph Howard (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Member Ryan Hannahoe (Montana State University) will attend.