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Nifty Fifty RSVP – Astronomy Talk

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The ‘Nifty Fifty (times 3)’ is a program of Science Spark, presented by InfoComm International. They are a group of 150 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, DC area in the 2013-2014 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Featuring some of the most inspiring role models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, this signature program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival presents your students with the latest in green technology, engineering, human health and medicine, astronomy and space exploration, nanotechnology, computer science, and more.

Heidi Hammel_2014 Nifty Fifty Speaker_2RSOur speaker will be planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel, Executive Vice President of AURA, Inc. (The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy). A world authority on the planets Neptune and Uranus, she will be sharing about her favorite subject with us on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 12:00pm, Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield VA 22150. Please follow the link to RSVP for Heidi’s talk! More details to come!

I’ll be there! You will receive a confirmation email if it is submitted successfully. If you do not receive one,  try again on a desktop, check your cookies, and/or email Priscilla directly at nova.stars@outlook.com. 


Is there a deadline to RSVP? 24 hours before the talk itself, so noon on March 25th. Space is limited, please let us know as soon as possible you’re interested in coming through the form.

The talk is intended for a high school audience, but I think my younger children would be interested. Can they attend? Mature students who are not yet in high school are welcome to attend. They should be able to sit quietly and pay attention with minimal adult supervision.

Can we ask questions? Yes! There will be a 15-minute Q&A after Heidi makes her main points. The RSVP form has a spot for you to submit question(s). There is no guarantee she’ll get to yours, but please try!

What arrangements are available for younger siblings? Please make other arrangements for childcare, we cannot accommodate younger children in the main room with the speaker.

I RSVP’d but won’t be able to make it. Whom do I contact to cancel? Please email Priscilla at nova.stars@outlook.com to let her know.

Tell me more about Ms. Hammel! Ms. Hammel has a website at iwaswondering.org. She has also been featured in the book, “Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel“. Purchase it on Amazon HERE. Her official Nifty Fifty bio can be found here and an FAQ about her is here. Updates will be coming soon.

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