World Space Week is held every October and celebrates the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. Space and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) events are held October 4 – 10, to commemorate two big events in space history, but the celebration takes place all month long all over the world. Last year, over 1,800 events were held in 73 countries. We hope to beat that number this year by encouraging people to participate in the upcoming World Space Week.
Create Your Own World Space Week Event
Participating in World Space Week is as simple as having some friends over for a movie marathon, or creating an activity for students in the classroom. Your event can be public or private, entirely up to you. Just don’t forget to register your event with us so we can record it for 2016!
You can find many creative event ideas on our website. Here are a few:
- Build your own spacecraft using free print-it-yourself paper cutout satellite models (available for print our website)
- Use Google Earth to visit the Seven Wonders of the World, ancient battle sites, the launch pads at Cape Canaveral, or the pyramids
- Hosting a movie marathon with classic space flicks like Star Trek, Star Wars, Apollo 13, Interstellar, The Martian, Gravity, Contact, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.
- Gathering a few fitness friends to “train like an astronaut” and exercise for a couple of hours (yoga, running, walking, tennis, weight-lifting, swimming, etc.)
- Arrange a star party with friends and locate the constellations! No telescope necessary! Use sites like Dark Site Finder to find the best spots for stargazing.
Attend a World Space Week Event
Attending a World Space Week event is a great way to meet like-minded people who are excited about science and learn something new! Museums, colleges, clubs, and organizations will be putting on a number of events over World Space Week. Find a public space event in your region via our 2016 event list.
Check out our 2016 events map to find events like these:
- Presentations with industry experts
- Planetarium shows and museum specials
- Book signings and lectures with astronauts
- Telescope viewing and star parties
- Science-inspired arts and crafts
- Global and local STEM contests and competitions
Promote World Space Week to Your Friends!
The power of social media goes a loooooong way! We encourage you to share your World Space Week social media posts by using the hashtag #WSW2016. Also, make sure you tag us on your posts so we can reshare your stuff! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Together we can spread awareness for the amazing developments in space exploration and technology!
Follow World Space Week on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WorldSpaceWeek
‘Like’ World Space Week on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WorldSpaceWeek/
Follow World Space Week on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worldspaceweek/
Follow World Space Week on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/world-space-week/
For more information on the upcoming World Space Week, please visit our website at www.worldspaceweek.org.