NASA astronaut shares about life in space at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum

By Gina Kim Community members met a real-life NASA astronaut at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Thursday, when they heard about his five-month mission to outer space in 2017. Both parents and children listened intently to Col. Jack Fischer, Air Force command pilot and astronaut, who served as engineer aboard the International Space […]

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NASA tour stops at Discovery Museum ahead of InSight lander launch

As excitement and anticipation build for Saturday’s historic launch of the Mars InSight Lander, children from the Santa Maria Valley and beyond had the chance Wednesday morning to learn from the scientists and engineers directly involved in making it possible. Stopping at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museumas part of NASA’s Mars InSight Roadshow, a multi-stop tour of California cities, members of InSight’s […]

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New Discovery Museum Maker Lab opening to public during Makerspace Weekend

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum has a sweet deal for a young, creative soul who enjoys working with children: a paid internship at its brand-new Discovery Maker Lab. “We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about making,” Discovery Museum Program Director Amy Blasco said. The museum’s Creation Station has been central to the facility since moving […]

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We have liftoff: Santa Maria Discovery Museum launches phase two of Vandenberg Launch Experience

A new partnership between the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base will allow children and families across the Central Coast to explore the fascinating world of aerospace science. Phase two of the Vandenberg Launch Experience — a hands-on, state-of-the-art simulation of the rocket launch process — was […]

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2018 Free Family Kite Festival: Santa Maria Times Video

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Ninth annual Family Kite Festival planned for Sunday at Rotary Centennial Park in Santa Maria

The ninth annual free Family Kite Festival presented by the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce will take place Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 South College Drive, in Santa Maria. The event will feature kite-flying demonstrations, contests, vendors, food and music by […]

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Events planned ahead of NASA’s historic Mission to Mars — a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

As excitement continues to build for next month’s historic Mission to Mars from Vandenberg Air Force Base, several events are planned in and around the Lompoc Valley leading up to the big occasion. NASA is planning to launch its InSight lander into space to begin its journey to Mars as soon as 4:05 a.m. May […]

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GALLERY: Happy Noon Year at Discovery Museum

Kids and their parents enjoyed apple cider and cookies as they decorated party hats and noisemakers for the count down to noon on an early celebration of 2018, at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Sunday. View full image gallery at www.santamariatimes.com.

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Hancock celebrates Friday Night Science, introduces makerspace program

Krista Chandler kchandler@leecentralcoastnews.com Creating music from bone conduction, smoke ring target practice and an infrared light lounge were just some of the scientific exhibits over 1,500 local children and families were able to experience at Hancock College’s annual Friday Night Science. The free event, held every year to spark young children’s interest in STEM (science, […]

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Happy Noon Year: Young and young at heart ring in 2017

Krista Chandler, staff New Year’s Eve is typically a time to reflect on the last year, set goals for the next, stay up until midnight and celebrate with those you love while you count down to the transition. For the young and the elderly of Santa Maria, though, sometimes staying awake until the stroke of […]

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Children experiment with science at Discovery Museum

By Krista Chandler When children and their families showed up at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum for Science Saturday, they probably didn’t expect to get soaked by exploding water and liquid nitrogen, or to freeze hot dogs and marshmallows. Students from Hancock College’s physics department conducted various science experiments with the children Saturday morning […]

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Pyjama Drama “rides the bus” to Santa Maria

Krista Chandler kchandler@leecentralcoastnews.com Young children from the Santa Maria Valley hopped on an imaginary bus to improvised fun Friday morning, part of Pyjama Drama, a drama class that mixes imagination with creativity. Friday’s Pyjama Drama was the first round of classes for children 6 months to 7 years old in Santa Maria, hosted at the […]

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