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October 28, 2019

The County Library and Clark Planetarium Amplify Adult Learning with Hands-on STEM Activities

Jeff Buydos - Email
(385) 228-2672

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah—The County Library and Clark Planetarium are proving you’re never too old to learn something new.

Galactic Grown-ups is a new program that makes the childhood dreams of space enthusiasts come true with a virtual lunar surface adventure. An immersive virtual reality (VR) program allows participants to experience the effects of the moon’s gravity on objects as they plucked from a virtual table and hurled across the moon’s surface. 

“The VR program really highlights the effects of the lower gravitational force on the moon,” Senior Librarian Liesl Seborg said. “Throwing the items, which include baseballs, golf clubs and boxes, provides a great educational STEM experience and its really fun.” 

Attendees will also have the opportunity, via the Art and Cosmic Connection program, to use actual NASA data to create fabulous art based on geologic and atmospheric features of objects found within our solar system.

“Science can inspire art, and art can inspire science,” Seborg said. “Cosmic Connection artwork begins on Earth and creates awareness that finds its way to space.”

Cosmic artists will use beautiful pastels to create illustrations of the surfaces of planets, asteroids, comets, moons and more.

Galactic Grown-ups is presented in partnership with Clark Planetarium.

For more amazing County Library programs, please visit the County Library calendar. For more information about the great programs at Clark Planetarium, click here.

What:   Galactic Grown-ups
                  Lunar VR Experience
Where: The County Library | Whitmore
                  Monday, November 4, 7 p.m.
                  The County Library | South Jordan
                  Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m.

What:   Galactic Grown-ups
                  Art & Cosmic Connection
Where: The County Library | Bingham Creek
                  Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m.
                  The County Library | Sandy
                  Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m.


About Salt Lake County Library
Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.

About Clark Planetarium
Clark Planetarium’s mission is to create and present enlightening experiences that inspire wonder in learning about space and science and to promote greater public awareness of the science in our daily lives. For more than 50 years, Clark Planetarium, formerly the Hansen Planetarium, has been Salt Lake’s go-to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and science. We engage audiences inside our walls and across the State of Utah in the creative process that is science through educational outreach, hands-on exhibits, on-site programming, and our IMAX and dome theatres.

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