GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Take steps into space with Roger B. Chaffee in Grand Rapids Public Museums (GRPM) new, limited-time exhibit Roger That!. Chaffee was not only a Grand Rapids native but her also was a former American naval officer and aviator aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut in the Apollo program. Once again Grand Rapids Public museum is partnering with Grand Valley State University to celebrates space exploration with a focus on women in space.

Roger That! will take place on February 18 and February 19, 2022. This two-day exhibition will feature amazing opportunities to learn and explorer space. GRPM’s Chaffee Planetarium will also feature shows throughout the day that will offer insights on an array of topics.

While visiting be sure to check out these activities:

  • Build Station – Test your building skills and knowledge with Magformers (magnetic building shapes), LEGO Bricks, and Keva Planks. Design and build a rocket, a bridge, an airplane or anything else your imagination leads you too.
  • Paper Airplane Station – Choose from a variety of designs, or create your own, to build your best paper airplane and toss it from the second floor bridge to see how far it can go.
  • Astronaut Challenges – This activity includes a series of challenges that test your memory, balance and problem solving skills to see if you can be the next astronaut to explore deep space.
  • Space-themed Artifacts – Hands-on presentation exploring the GRPM’s space-related artifacts including tektite, meteorite, and a sample of a space shuttle tile. 
  • Roger B. Chaffee Artifacts – Hands-on presentation of the GRPM’s Roger Chaffee artifacts.
  • Make and Take Solar System Necklace – Use a variety of beads to create your own solar system necklace showing how much distance is between each of the planets and sun.
  • Engineering Activities – learn about the different careers and innovations that engineers are responsible for through hands-on activities led by area engineers and educators, including bridge building, robotics, water treatment and more.
  • Make and Take Planisphere – Make your own planisphere that can help you identify the stars, planets and constellations in our night sky.
  • Make and Take Astronomy Coloring Sheets

Sponsored by Grand Rapids Public Museum