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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to Host UNH NoMADS Activities


Concord, NH --The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host activities and presentations from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester’s NoMADS project in a monthly series running through June 2022. Team Cooke’s Novel Methods of Antibiotic Discovery in Space (NoMADS) is sending an experiment to the International Space Station through NASA STEM on Station’s Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). Members of the team will run family activities and formal presentations connected with their research and project development for visitors to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, including a look at bacteria in petri dishes and hands-on engineering challenges.

UnknownThis series will kick off on Saturday, October 16th at 10:30 am with an initial family-focused event. The 3rd Saturday of the month, October through June, Team Cooke will be back to continue the conversation. There will also be a second set of more formal presentations aimed at an afterschool audience starting Thursday, October 28th at 3 pm and involving a more in-depth look at the NoMADS research.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a wide variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. In keeping with social distancing practices, the Discovery Center is currently open by reservation Friday through Sunday and some holidays. For more information, visit