Calendar of Events for 2017
1. TechFest, February 18 (Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM) & February 19 (Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM). Location: Sinclair Community College, David Ponitz Center (Building 12), 301 West Fourth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. TechFest is a family event with many organizations participating that is aimed at inspiring K – 12 grade students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The Mars Society will have a display and John Thomas will represent the Mars Society giving a presentation or two at this event. Volunteers are much needed to help with this event.
2. Loveland Intermediate School Science Day, March 10 (Friday 8:45 AM to 2 PM). The Mars Society is one of several organizations providing speakers at this event, which is aimed at inspiring 5th and 6th grade students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). A short presentation and an interactive exercise will be given to 7 different classes.
3. Cincinnati Science & Engineering Expo, March 11 (Saturday 8 AM till noon). This event is a regional science fair for students grades 6 - 12 that is held at the University of Cincinnati. The students that participate in the science fair are very bright and have an interest in science and engineering. The Ohio Mars Society provides two prizes (first place $100 and second place $50) for projects pertaining to space science, technology, or exploration. We supply our own judges to pick the winners of these prizes. Breakfast is provided, followed by a judges training session, followed by the judging. We’re done judging by lunch time, then a free lunch for the volunteers is provided. Volunteers are much needed to act as judges to pick the winners of the Mars Society prizes.
4. International Space Development Conference, May 25 through May 29. Location: Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO. Ohio Mars Society chair Jerry Black will give a talk on May 26 at this conference titled: “Nuclear Fusion: The Next Giant Leap in Space Propulsion”.
5. Annual Summer Moon Festival at the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum on Saturday July 22 and Sunday July 23. Location: Wapakoneta, Ohio. The Ohio Mars Society will have a display at this event. Volunteers are needed to help staff our display at this event.
6. Mound Science & Energy Museum presentation by Jerry Black titled “The Search for Life on Mars and Beyond”, August 23 at 7 PM. Location: Miamisburg, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.
7. 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, September 7 through September 10. Location: University of California, Irvine. Includes both plenary sessions and track sections with excellent speakers. On Saturday September 9th Ohio Mars Society chair Jerry Black will give a talk at the convention titled: “Nuclear Fusion: Clean, Safe and Cheap Energy and the Next Giant Leap in Space Propulsion”.
8. ScopeOut, September 23 (Saturday, 12 PM to 5 PM). This is a family event celebrating astronomy. The Mars Society will have a display table at this event and we will do a talk also. Volunteers are needed to help with this event.
9. Joint Ohio Mars Society/AIAA dinner meeting, September 25 at 6 PM. Location: Holiday Inn, Challenger Room, 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, OH 45324. Todd Barber will give a talk titled “Red Rover, Red Rover: Send Curiosity Right Over”. Cost is $25 for professionals or $10 for students.
10. iSpace Day, October 7 (Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM). This is a family event with many organizations participating that is aimed at inspiring K – 12 grade students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The Mars Society will have a display table at this event. Volunteers are needed to help with this event.
Check the Ohio Mars Society web site often. Events will be added as they become known.