Moon Landing Anniversary Program with Author Dean Robbins
July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join us in the Hurst Planetarium for a Moon Landing Anniversary Program. Author, Dean Robbins, will be here to present on two of children books: “Margaret and the Moon” and “The Astronaut who Painted the Moon.”
Dean Robbins’ multimedia presentations are geared toward grades pre-K through 5. Both presentations are followed by a book signing and a show in the planetarium.
Margaret and the Moon
2:00 – 3:00pm
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing is a nonfiction picture book about a pioneering scientist who turns her love of math into a celebrated career with the United States space program. When this problem-solver discovers a new invention called a computer, she uses it to solve one of the hardest problems ever—flying astronauts to the moon. In the process, she breaks boundaries for women and becomes an American hero.
Dean Robbins’ multimedia presentation is geared toward grades pre-K through 5. It explains how Margaret Hamilton helped send astronauts to the moon, and how kids can follow in her footsteps to make their own dreams come true. Using humor, lively images, engaging video clips, and interactive elements, the author will introduce children to a determined woman who contributed to one of the greatest achievements in human history. He’ll also discuss what it was like to interview Hamilton for Margaret and the Moon. This presentation is followed by a book signing and a show in the planetarium.
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon
4:00 – 5:00pm
Timed to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 in 2019, The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean is a nonfiction children’s picture book about the only artist to travel in outer space. Alan Bean is both a brave astronaut and a painter who expresses his feelings through art. After the Apollo 12 mission, he pursues a one-of-a-kind dream: painting the magic and mystery of his trip to the moon.
Dean Robbins’ multimedia presentation is geared toward grades pre-K through 5. It will show how an airplane-obsessed boy became a daring pilot, then one of the first astronauts in the United States space program, and finally a sensitive painter who showed how it felt to walk on another world. Using humor, lively images, engaging video clips, and interactive elements, the presentation will explore the way artists look at the world and encourage children to nurture their own creativity. The author will also discuss what it was like to interview Bean for The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon. This presentation is followed by a book signing and a show in the planetarium.
Price: $5 per person per event; $10 for both presentations, 3 and under is FREE