Freeze Frame: Making science fun for Engineers Week at INFINITY
By Jennifer Lenain
Feb 22, 2013, 21:25
INFINITY Science Center celebrated National Engineers Week by hosting week-long activities.
Guests were entertained by the many exhibits operating at INFINITY as well as multiple activities centered around the complexities of engineering.
Each activity related its outcome to the space program and how it is used at Stennis Space Center.
Lockheed Martin Mechanical Engineer Skip Wright on Tuesday used a campfire analogy to explain to Perkinston Elementary students how it feels in space when you are facing the sun.
His explanation helped the students understand how protective equipment for communication satellites is made and proven effective.
A model satellite with a protective mylar coating was on display.
Lockheed Martin also provided handouts for guests that included an activity to create a punch-out model of Orion, the advanced crew exploration vehicle that is replacing the shuttle.
On Friday, a cryogenics demonstration was presented to students of Diamondhead Little School and Gaililee Baptist Academy in Zachary, La..
NASA refers to cryogenics as the study of the production of low temperatures and the study of what happens to materials at those temperatures.
NASA Engineer Karma Snyder of Diamondhead used liquid nitrogen with a temperature of -320 degrees fahrenheit to freeze flowers, a banana and a balloon to teach the students about the many cryogenic techniques implemented at NASA, including how cryogenics is used to purge rocket engines and the pipes that lead to the engines.
Students and guests also experienced the ISC Omega Flight Simulator and the Hurricane Simulator at INFINITY.