Event Ideas for World Space Week 2016

WSW 2016 theme “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future”

This year World Space Week looks at the discoveries in deep space and the implications of these discoveries for past, present and future life on Earth.

This World Space Week theme offers numerous opportunities for “Remote Sensing” inspired events. How about these:

Build your own model space craft

Wouldn’t it be great to have your own remote sensing satellites hanging down the ceiling of your classroom or event venue? You can now build your own unique combination of satellites, using below free print-it-yourself paper cutout satellite models. Makes for a fun day of real hands-on rocket science and space engineering! So what do all these satellite parts do?

Explore the world with Google Earth

Perfect for Geography and History lessons in school. Use Google Earth in the classroom to take your students on a trip around the world! Just download the latest version of Google Earth and start travelling!

  • Visit the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Visit ancient battle sites – What do they look like today?
  • Zoom in on the Pyramids, ancient Stonehenge or Cape Caneveral
  • Find your own house or school
  • Space themed gaming night – playing space games (space monopoly, Star Trek Catan, Munchkin Space Edition, etc.) or creating space themes for games (charades, Pictionary, etc.)

 Space or Science Fiction Themed Movie Marathon

Watch your favorite movies with your friends and explore the favorites of your friends! Some of the famous titles could be Star Trek, Star Wars, Apollo 13, Armageddon, Space Cowboys, the Astronaut Farmer, Interstellar, Gravity, The Martian, Contact, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Guardians of the Galaxy, … and many more.

 Organize a Space or Science Fiction Themed Costume Party

An easy and fun way to get together, exchange views and ideas while proudly showing off your heroes!

 Space Scavenger Hunt

Space in Your City Scavenger Hunt or Walking Tour – find the places in your city where space happens (planetarium, observatory, home or residence of famous space person or astronomer, astronomical clock, monuments, etc.)

Meet your friends

A World Space Week meeting could be as simple as finding a bar with an astronaut photo on the wall, the Moon on a mural in your favorite Street Cafe or meet for a picnic or walk under the sky!

Visit your local Science Centre and Space Exhibits

Ask your science center, museum of natural history, aerospace museum or any other technically oriented Centre for Education for a space talk or a guided tour through the space exhibit.

Pub Quiz – WSW style of course

Do you like quizzes and you are a big space fan? Why not organize a WSW themed pub quiz night? Get in touch with your favorite quiz organizers and team up with them to commemorate WSW with a fun, spacey quiz night. You can also organize such an evening with friends at your local school, high-school or university!
A great idea would be to maybe even organize space themed prizes for your event!

Read the classic works of the Space Age

Are you member of a book club? Then reading and discussing for a sci-fi or space themed book, short story or parts of books are a great idea!
You can surely find a book for every taste, by authors such as:

  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Aldeous Huxley
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Douglas Adams
  • Orson Scott Card
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Larry Niven
  • Frank Herbert
  • H. G. Wells

and many many more! Here are some lists to get you started:
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843/your-picks-top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books
http://www.listchallenges.com/npr-top-100-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books

Science – or is it fiction?

Are you passionate about space and you know somebody with a science background? Have a sci-fi to science event by talking about science fiction and how close it is – or not – to becoming science. You could use a movie, book or TV-show as an starting point for a discussion.

Cooking or Baking

If you like good food, friends and space, you could bring all of them together by organising a space themed cook off! This event could be a cooking or baking party making “space” foods. You could make cake pops that look like planets, alien cookies (the ones that don’t turn out!) or experiment with molecular cooking to bring science into your home!

Train like an Astronaut – the other type of sports event

For all of you out there that have not given up the dream yet – get together with friends and do some intensive training for your regular run meet-ups or power walks. Add a few leds to your cap, running shoes or train in your favorite space TV-show t-shirt!

Art Party

Discover how intriguing and motivation space can be by letting your creativity soar! Recreate, or create your own space paintings, spacecrafts or drawings!

Instagram Photo Contest

Take a creative or scientific photo that is space themed and then have a viewing party to see with your family and friends. Create your own hashtag for the contest and motivate your Instagram Followers to join in – this is a great idea to combine with the visits to your local museum or space exhibits, talks and other points mentioned here.
A picture can sometimes tell a thousand stories!

Famous Space Themed Person or Object Talk

Dress up as your favorite famous space themed person or object (ex Sally Ride or Philae) and give a short talk about who you are and your accomplishments

Host a Space Up or a Tweet Up

 

Spin off events

Spin-offs event. Discuss spin-offs from space to Earth to educate the public about how space does help in everyday life

Geocaching field trips

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Build your own model spacecraft

Wouldn’t it be great to have your own deep space discovery satellites hanging down the ceiling of your classroom or event venue? You can now build your own unique combination of satellites, using below free print-it-yourself paper cut-out satellite models. Makes for a fun day of real hands-on rocket science and space engineering! So what do all these satellite parts do?

Rocket Clubs

Invite rocket clubs to build and launch their own rockets during World Space Week. Make a contest by getting donors to provide prizes.

Lectures

Invite special guests or subject matter specialists to lecture on topics of interest about space Discoveries, what space does for us in every day life and other topics.

Conferences, Summits and Seminars

Organize a conference, a summit, symposium or seminar during the week of October 4-10. Invite special guests to speak, invite delegates, organize special subject tracks, arrange a venue. A SpaceUP is a great way to bring space fans together.

Space Facility Tours

Any space facility, ground stations, development and industry locations to open the doors to the public.

Educational Events

Open school days to have demonstrations and hands on science experiments for students. Have special guests visit the schools.

Industry Experts

Have industry experts go to schools and speak to students about their work in the space industry with demonstrations, experiments and real world applications of how science and math are necessary.

Astronomy

Arrange a star party. Get some food and drink a telescope on a clear starry night and you are set!

Planetarium

At the local planetariums have a party, lecture or event and ask the management to reduce rates or open up to the public for free that week.

 

 

For resources on any events contact us as events@worldspaceweek.org

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