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Starry Success: Space Day 2014 at the University of New Orleans was Out of this World

UNO Space DayOn November 20, 2014, 150 middle school students and teachers descended on the University of New Orleans for an energetic day of hands-on activities at our inaugural Space Day! Joined by dozens of mentors from UNO and partner organizations, the day included a poster competition, look-and-learn exhibits, hands-on competitions, and an outdoor rocket launch! Special thanks to President Peter Fos (UNO) for an inspiring welcome message and to Roy Malone (NASA) for the amazing video and overview of the Orion spacecraft. Thanks also to Rick Navarro (The Boeing Company), who provided an in-depth discussion of the Space Launch System (SLS) to UNO faculty and students at a subsequent Distinguished Speaker session.





Participating Schools

We would like to recognize and thank the participating schools who joined us for our first mission.

    • Archbishop Rummel
    • Edward Hynes Charter School
    • Holy Cross
    • St. Augustine
    • Ursuline Academy
    • homeschooled participants


Media Coverage
First Ever Space Day at UNO

NASA Partners with UNO to Host Space Day for Middle School Students

UNO News
UNO, Boeing, NASA, NCAM, Jacobs Partner to Host "Space Day" at UNO

Starry Success: Space Day 2014 at the University of New Orleans

List of Activities and Winners

Rocket Launch

Students saw a rocket launch demo and winners of the stomp rocket competition launched their creations.

Poster Competition

Schools were invited to compete in a poster competition showcasing Louisiana’s contribution to the NASA Space Program: past, present, and future.

Winners: Holy Cross Academy students won the poster contest.

View Winning Poster

Hands-on Competitions

Schools participated in the following hands-on activities:

  • Stomp Rocket Winners
    Archbishop Rummel High School took home the trophy in the stomp rockets competition, with a collective distance traveled of 389 inches.
  • NASA Challenge: Planetary Structure Winners
    Ursuline Academy won with a towering height of 26 inches
  • Space Station Docking Simulation Winners
    Ursuline Academy got a perfect score

Look-and-Learn Exhibit

Students browsed through displays such as Space Launch System 1/50th scale model, Orion and Ground Systems Display, and more...


Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Space Launch System

Ricardo NavarroDistinguished Guest Speaker,
Ricardo (Rick) Navarro

Ricardo "Rick" Navarro, director of operations for space exploration at The Boeing Company gave an afternoon overview on the Space Launch System.

According to Boeing the Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket ever built. The system's critical heavy-lift capability will allow it to carry people and cargo and is said to go farther in our solar system, faster than ever before possible.