Experiments on the International Space Station: Fire & Fluids in Space

Learn from and about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station during a special program on Monday, June 10, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Learn from and about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station during a special program on Monday, June 10, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Ever wonder what fire looks like in zero gravity?

You can find out during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at our Main Branch.

Our speaker, Kevin Magee, is a mechanical engineer who designs experiments to be performed in space. He’s worked on projects that have flown on the International Space Station, Space Shuttle and more.

During his talk at the library, he’ll explain some of the important research facilities aboard the International Space Station. Then you’ll learn about some of the experiments with fire and fluids that have been performed on the space station, as well as what we’ve learned from them.

Fire looks very different in zero gravity. Find out why at the library.

Fire looks very different in zero gravity. Find out why at the library.

Discover the fascinating physics that are possible in microgravity.

Magee’s talk is free and open to everyone. We only ask that you register first. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, this year’s Summer Reading theme is A Universe of Stories, so we’re offering programs that will leave stars in your eyes.

Throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with space themes, including:

  • Making galactic jewelry at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School. Teens can use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create their own pendants and necklaces. Furthermore, as part of our summer reading program, we’re extending hours a The HUB. It be open and available to all (not just Mentor Schools students and staff) from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, starting June 3.
  • The stomp rocket challenge at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at tour Main Branch. Tweens and teens can make their own rockets using plastic bottles and PVC pipes.
  • A tour across the Milk Way with our Amazing Race across the Galaxy at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, outside of the Read House. Kids will race across the galaxy, completing challenges at each planet where they stop.

Additionally, we’re hosting Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 3 to July 22 on the lawn of our Read House. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our online event calendar.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate our Summer Reading program. The more you read and the more programs you attend, the better odds you have of winning.

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