The meeting opened with a report on Perry Middle school’s annual space week which was held at Perry the week of March 8th. Mars society and National Space Society volunteers assisted with the construction of a moc-up space station, a martian landscape with a remote controlled mars rover, and other exhibits which were displayed during space week. Don designed and built a spacewalk simulator. Perry reported that Don’s space walk simulator was tied to Perry’s unit on physics and motion. Carol from NSS and Kurt both gave presentations during the week. Space week was a great success and the exhibits were a big hit. Curtis reported that photos of the exhibits are posted to the NSS yahoo group. The group discussed options for expanding on the exhibits for next year. Options we discussed included a moc-up airlock.
Next on the agenda the group discussed the Mars Society 2011 convention. At the last chapter meeting, the group voted to propose to host the convention in Dallas in 2011. Kurt brought convention requirements and a checklist he received from the national chapter. Kurt mentioned he would email the checklist and requirements to the yahoo group. The group discussed hotel prospects and plans to investigate prospects this month and report back next meeting. Curtis mentioned he would write up some pointers from the NSS conference hosted by the Dallas NSS chapter held in Dallas in 2007.
The group also discussed the 2010 Mars Society convention to be held in Dayton August 5th- 8th. Several members are considering attending the 2010 convention.
There were 7 persons in attendance. We were delighted Jan was able to join us again this month. Jan is a K-5 teacher at a local school who attended last month’s meeting. Jan is working on an Imagine Mars project with her school and JPL. Jan’s school is also planning a Celebration of Flight Day in May. We enjoyed talking with Jan and sharing ideas related to Jan’s school projects.
The meeting opened with a discussion of NASA’s Spirit rover which is stuck on mars. We additionally discussed the space budget.
Mark brought a book on space to donate to the NSS local chapter.
Dan reported on ConDFW, literary sci-fi and fantasy convention held February 12-14. April and Derek from SpaceX and Bill Ledbetter from the local chapter of NSS talked about mars and space at the convention’s Mars panel.
We also discussed Perry Middle school’s space week which will be held the week of March 15th. Two mars society members volunteered last Saturday to help with construction of the moc-up space station to be exhibited during space week. The next and last construction day will be next Saturday. The moc-up space station will be completed and a martian landscape and other exhibits will be constructed next weekend. Mars society and Bent Tree Bible Fellowship church volunteers will be assisting the construction next weekend.
Don designed and built a space walk simulator for Perry’s space week. The space walk simulator received rave reviews when it was tested out at the school. Perry is planning to purchase materials for a second simulator so that more kids will be able to able to experiment with the simulator during space week.
Carol from the NSS local chapter and Kurt from the Mars Society chapter will be speaking at Perry during space week. Perry is planning to telecast the presentations to other local schools.
We concluded with a discussion of the 2011 Mars convention. The group voted to propose to host the convention in Dallas in 2011. The group voted Tom as proposal lead.