2015 UNO Space Day

Space Day 2015

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Participating Schools

  • Archbishop Rummel
  • Edward Hynes
  • Eleanor McMain
  • Holy Cross
  • Mount Carmel
  • St. Augustine


Media Coverage

On November 17, 2015, UNO held our second annual Space Day. With 190 middle-school students and teachers, plus dozens of volunteers from UNO and partner organizations, it was a fun-filled day! Students competed in three hands-on activities to win a coveted Space Day 2015 trophy. Schools also worked in advance of Space Day on poster submissions that represent the future of space exploration. And there was much fun to be had at the  look-and-learn with exhibits such as a virtual reality solar system, live NASA stream from the Space Station, telescope demonstration, and hands-on materials science displays. Thanks to our partners and UNO departments for providing interactive and engaging exhibits!  Special thanks to Dr. John Nicklow (UNO), Pat Whipps (NASA), and Dr. Renee Horton (NASA) for providing inspiring talks and videos. Although the outdoor rocket launch had to be cancelled due to high winds, we still ended the day with a bang thanks to the UNO Physics Department and their ping pong ball explosion demo! Thanks again to our six participating schools – we hope you had as much fun as we did!  

Activities and Winners

Poster Competition

Schools were invited to design a poster that symbolizes the future of space exploration.

Winner: Mount Carmel Academy

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Stomp Rockets

NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS), which is currently being built at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, is on track for the mission to Mars. Students were given every day materials and instructions and asked to build and launch a NASA subscale test rocket.

Winner: Holy Cross School (16.75')


Planetary Structure Build

NASA future space missions beyond low earth orbit require stronger and lighter materials to enable transport and assembly of structures in space. The students were provided with every day materials and challenged to design and build a planetary structural tower that was free standing and built to maximum height.

Winner: Eleanor McMain Secondary School (21.75")


Docking Station Simulation

The docking operation at the International Space Station allows for crew rotation and for the restocking of critical supplies and scientific experiments. Students were provided with every day materials and instructions to design and build a propulsion system that traveled the correct distance and speed for executing the required docking sequence.

Winner: Edward Hynes Charter School (1cm)