Weather delays may have postponed the start date for the James Webb Telescope, but the Port Arthur Public Library is still busy preparing teens for space-relevant topics.
A pre-launch party at PAPL took place this week as planned, although the actual launch was delayed to around 6 a.m. on Christmas Day due to the weather.
The Port Arthur Public Library was entered into a competitive application process earlier this year as part of the [email protected] Library, an educational initiative created to increase and improve learning opportunities in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
According to NASA, the telescope is a “revolving infrared observatory that will complement and expand the discoveries made by the Hubble space telescope”.
The telescope will take a closer look at the beginning of time, hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies and look into clouds of dust in which stars and planetary systems are formed.
Carolyn Thibodeaux, children’s librarian and program director for [email protected] Library at PAPL, kept the ball going all day and directed it to the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Trailblazer Museum on Wheels.
The mobile classroom also housed educators from the Port Arthur Independent School District, as well as Allison Gonzales from Total, each taking a station inside and bringing science to life for students.
Emanuel Hodge enjoyed the weather station, while Cama’e Hodge enjoyed the exhibit with a bicycle wheel that transmits power and turns on lightbulbs.
Sixth grader Tannika Roberts, who wants to become a pediatrician, said her favorite is the biotechnology field.
Annie Carter, a Texas A&M graduate and retired engineer, fused the STEM topics with real world applications.
She once worked for Gulf Refinery, later known as Chevron, for over 35 years.
Carter understands the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math. She advised parents to “care,” persistence, adventure, reading, and engaging activities.