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“The Amazing Journey from Idea to Reality” at the Discovery Center

Concord, NH--The McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center will host Brandt Lomen’s talk “The Amazing Journey from Idea to Reality” on Friday December 7that 7:00 PM during their November Super Stellar Friday event. Every first Friday of the month the Discovery Center is open from 6:30-9:30 PM with special programming, a Tonight’s Sky Planetarium Show, and stargazing, weather permitting.

Brandt Lomen will discuss how he took his invention of an LED based solar simulator from an idea to a fully developed device. There are many problems in the world today that need solutions and science is one way in which these solutions are found through inventions, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Brandt will discuss his journey with the invention process.


Brandt Lomen was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska and attended college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for electrical engineering. There he proposed the concept of a fully LED based solar simulator to test solar cells. After working on the device for a year and a half, he succeeded and was given the Dean's Choice Award at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Day as well as the grand prize in the Invent Alaska Competition. The winnings from that competition now fund undergraduates to continue research. Upon graduation in May of 2018, Lomen started his career as an electrical engineer for BAE, a leading defense contractor. 


Lomen was a Space Grant Consortium student while in Alaska, a national organization that we also partner with to produce programming.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. The evening's feature presentation begins at 7 PM, followed by an optional Tonight's Skyplanetarium show. Recommended for ages 8+.  All-inclusive price for Super-Stellar Fridays: free for members, $11.50/Adults, $10.50/Seniors & Students, $8.50/Children; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on Super Stellar Fridays and other events, check out:

About McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a full-dome planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. For more information on the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, visit