NASA Saturdays In The Pee Dee

Upcoming Events

Public Viewings

ScienceSouth in conjunction with Francis Marion University will hold several public viewings across the Pee Dee area. These events are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend public viewings. Please ensure you pay special attention to the location of each viewings, as they may differ from previous sites.

November 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: SC Pecan Festival
Join us for a solar observation at the SC Pecan Festival in front of the PAC.

Hands-On Workshops

ScienceSouth and Francis Marion University will provide several hands-on science workshops throughout the year. These workshops will focus on NASA’s ongoing missions.

NASA Saturdays at ScienceSouth
NASA Saturday sessions held at ScienceSouth are broken into two sessions according to grade levels. The morning session runs from 9:00-11:00 am for children in grades K-4 and can accommodate 25 participants. The afternoon session runs from 12:00-2:00 pm for grades 5-10 and can accommodate 40 participants. Families may only register two children per household. Registration for both sessions will conclude by noon the Wednesday prior to the workshop. Please ensure you pay special attention to the location of each workshop, as locations will vary. **Families may only register two children per household.**

NASA Saturdays at Dooley Planetarium (FMU)
While these workshops are FREE and open to the public, they do differ from the workshops held at ScienceSouth. The FMU workshops run from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Most notably, these workshops are for families. All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Children may participate in the workshop beginning at the age of five (5). Adults and teenagers 16 years of age or older are also welcomed and encouraged to attend. Interested parties must register all participants during the registration process. There is a limit of six (6) participants per family.

The workshop sessions at FMU begin with a presentation at the Dooley Planetarium. Parents with small children may want to take this under consideration, as this time will be spent in the dark. After the presentation, families have the opportunity to rotate through hands-on activity stations related to the day’s topic.


Deep Space Objects


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(Registration is over for this event)
Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm 
Location: Dooley Planetarium at Francis Marion University

Workshop Description:
The Deep Space Objects NASA Saturday program will introduce families to the various objects discovered beyond our solar system including extrasolar planets, clusters, supernova remnants, nebulae, and galaxies. NASA Missions designed to observe and study these objects will be the focus of the presentation. Hands-on activities will include identifying galaxies.


The material contained in this webpage is based upon work supported by NASA under grant award No. NNX14AD05G. Any opinions, findings, and other conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.