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I’ve lived in Indiana most of my life, and when you combine that with six years of blogging, it’s easy for me to assume that I pretty much know of everything to do in our state.

I don’t.

Link Observatory

Did you know that the Link Observatory Space Science Institute is just a few miles south of Mooresville, Indiana? It’s a place designed to encourage science education and inspire interest in space exploration. My homeschooling heart skipped a beat. I can’t wait to visit with my kids.

Lucky for me, I don’t have to wait. The Link Observatory is bringing some awesome educational opportunities to the Indiana State Fair. And I’m not talking a lecture about space. I’m talking about pictures from Pluto, linking up with NASA, educational awesomeness. Check out these cool events coming to the Glass Barn:

Link Observatory Indiana State Fair

Chasing Pluto Program

A live presenter in the Indiana State Fair Glass Barn will show new photos that were taken of Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft and share details about the mission. Don’t miss this presentation, available on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 17: 6–7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19: 6-7 p.m.

NASA Vegetable Production System Program

Do you remember trying “astronaut ice cream” as a kid? Well food production in space has come a long way.

The weGROW theater in the Indiana State Fair Glass Barn will be used to go live with the NASA program manager at the Kennedy Space Center. The program will describe the NASA VEGGIE program, which was developed to supply crews with a continuous source of fresh food in the space station. There will be a Link Observatory moderator live in the barn to answer your questions.

Vegetables in space, you guys. That’s pretty amazing. Check this one out on:

  • Tuesday, August 18: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

While you’re at the Glass Barn, be sure to take advantage of the hands-on learning experiences available all during the fair. It’s a great teaching tool for connecting food consumers (that’s you and me) to the source of our food. Something I’m pretty passionate about.

Glass Barn

The fair is full of food, rides, and fun, but it’s also a great place to learn. And learning is always better if you can do it while eating an elephant ear!