NASA, Robotics, and STEM Showcase

Saturday, September 22, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CenterPlace Regional Event Center

2426 N. Discovery Place
Spokane, Valley, WA 99216

Sponsored by:

Horizon Credit Union

Exploring Families

Events on Fire

Demonstrations and Activities for ALL Ages

Play (and learn) at Valleyfest Robots, and STEM Showcase featuring NASA at CenterPlace Regional Event Center. This FREE event, brought to you by Horizon Credit Union, Delta Dental, Exploring Families and Events On Fire, will entice all ages to engage in space travel, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and robotic activities!

Join the 2018 NASA Theme!

Celebrate Spokane native, astronaut Anne McClain,

and her journey to the International Space Station, which begins in December 2018. A NASA representative will talk with kids about their professional STEM experiences.

Enjoy NASA exhibits directly from the Johnson Space Center in Houston:

  • A large panel display describing the International Space Station where Anne will live and work
  • Space food and intriguing info about it
  • An Apollo Suit and Helmet from the 1960s
  • A model of a Space Shuttle
  • An astronaut’s glove that you can try on
  • Various fascinating photos


Meet NASA Ambassador Joe Bruce! He’ll be the one in the astronaut jumpsuit! Touch his amazing artifacts, like his space glove, piece of Mars, and space shuttle tile. He wants to answer questions! The NASA Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) program works with motivated volunteers across the nation to share the latest science and discoveries of NASA’s missions through a variety of events that inspire their communities. Joe received a BA in Secondary Science Education from Central Washington University in 1981.  Joe has been a member of the Planetary Society and Rotary Club 21, Spokane. He is an educator, lecturer, and artist who offers programs in Washington and Idaho.

NASA Ambassador Joe Bruce’s 45-minute NASA presentations will start every hour in the CenterPlace auditorium.

No tickets or reservations needed.
First come, first served.
Free shows at: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

Other Event Attendees are:

FLL Into Orbit

  • FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) and EV3 robots will entice kids to code.  The theme for the 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season transports students into space, where they explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space. The Spokane competition is in early December.  FLL teams are made up of EV3 robots, computers, coaches and team members, all learning basic programming lessons.
  • Fred Stahl, of Partners For Science, will once again show off his popular pets: Madagascar hissing cockroaches, one of largest species of cockroaches! New this year: giant Megalodon fossil shark teeth (as in The Meg movie), and a science estimation contest with prizes. He always brings a plethora of science fun with him wherever he goes, including his hands-on roller coasters for marbles. meg tooth
  • Robotics students will showcase robots they have designed to play – come see and interact with these robots! Observe several types, sizes, and shapes of robots from local high schoolers, some as big as refrigerators, featuring awesome local students.

Imagine, design, create, and build with NASA and space-themed LEGOs

NASA Legos


  • Learn all about the Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in Spokane in the spring.  It’s for all students in grades 6-12 to learn about companies in Pullman, UW Medical School, WSU Health Sciences campus, Spokane School District and about 40 local teachers. It is a research project competition for students in STEM as well as a STEM festival.
  • HOOT (Hawk and Owl Outreach Talks) from the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center’s (WVOLC) owl Valleyfest participants will have the opportunity to meet live birds of prey, ask questions to bird docents and create animal track art!WVOLC >mission is to provide opportunities for young people to investigate and learn about the world around them.


  • Friends of Dr. Universe at WSU will be making slime. Slime is chemistry and science. Polymers and non-newtonian fluids can be a confusing for kids but scientists at WSU can help! Who is Dr. Universe? Dr. Wendy Sue Universe is a very smart cat who investigates tough questions from curious elementary and middle school students around the world. Questions like: What is fire? Why does soda fizz? Why is the ocean salty? Why is liquid nitrogen so cold?
  • Dr. Rebecca L Brown, Professor and Chair of the EWU Department of Biology, and her students will show kids engaging displays of their biology work. Dr. Brown is a plant ecologist with a wide range of research interests centered around riparian ecosystems, invasive plant species, and restoration ecology.  
  • Joshua Johnson of Objects Unlimited, makes aircraft parts, primarily drone wings and frames. His company also makes their own manufacturing machines. Joshua and his father both worked for or with NASA so he has lots of artifacts to see and touch, including a piece of brick made for the space shuttle, A Prandtl-M wing meant to demonstrate unmanned flight on Mars, printed circuit boards from the computer that calibrated the replacement o-rings on shuttles that flew post Challenger, seats from several historic but unfortunately fatally crashed aircraft and a wing he designed using data from the NASA Prandtl program. 

STEM Showcase

Mobius Science Center, located at 331 N Post St, across the street from Riverfront Park will host the same NASA artifacts after Valleyfest from September 24 – December 30, 2018. Hands-on activities in the exhibit gallery and write a letter to a real Astronaut that will be delivered to the International Space Station!