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June 11, 2016 10AM - 4PM
at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Festival Programming

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RUBIN CAMPUS CENTER, ODEUM STAGE (TOP LEVEL)

10:30 AM and 1:30 PM | MAD SCIENCE SHOWINGS
Mad Science presents a spectacular show that will thrill audiences of all ages with impressive science experiments. This interactive show challenges the audience to explore the scientific method as they observe, hypothesize, and experiment. It’s not magic, it’s SCIENCE!

11:30 AM | PAUL VENTIMIGLIA ’12
The man behind the controller of the BattleBot named Bite Force that won ABC’s 2015 “BattleBots” competition, WPI alum and winner of NASA’s Regolith (moon dust) Excavation Challenge

12:30 PM | NASA CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE
Prize Money Presentation and Closing Ceremony

2:30 PM | ASTRONAUT CHARLIE PRECOURT
Charlie Precourt, former NASA Chief Astronaut and veteran of four Space Shuttle missions, talks about his experience with space exploration and its influence on his current work developing rocket propulsion systems that will help send American spaceships beyond the moon and even to Mars!

“NASA TALKS” IN SALISBURY LABS, ROOM 105

(presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A from the audience)

10:30 AM | SPACE LIFE SUPPORT
Unlike exploring your neighborhood (or other earthly places), space exploration currently requires all resources (air, water, food, shelter) to be taken with you. And the simple acts of brushing your teeth and going to the bathroom are not the same in microgravity. Learn what it’s like to live and work in space.

11:30 AM | iSAT
The iodine satellite (iSat) project objective is to mature and perform a flight demonstration of iodine propulsion. Iodine is unique in that it offers a high-performance, high-density propulsion option that can launch benign and unpressurized. The technology has potential to offer small spacecraft maneuverability and to reduce total life cycle costs of larger class missions.

12:30 PM | IN SPACE MANUFACTURING
The objective of the NASA In-space Manufacturing project is to provide a dramatic paradigm shift in the way manufacturing, logistics and maintenance are addressed during long-duration space exploration missions to destinations such as Mars. This is accomplished by developing real-time manufacturing capabilities that work in microgravity, as well as establishing the required skills and processes that will enable these technologies to become institutionalized. ISM has established a roadmap that focuses on utilizing ground-based and International Space Station (ISS) demonstrations as the proving ground for the evolution of these capabilities from earth-reliant to earth-independent. Currently, there are two 3-D printers on the ISS with an In-space Recycler Demonstration being developed for launch in 2017.