Purdue Fall Space Day

FAQ for Parents and School Students in Grades 3-8

Where is Purdue Space Day held?

On the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University - Armstrong Hall of Engineering

What time zone is Purdue on?

Purdue is on Eastern Standard Time (same as New York) year round

What is the date of Purdue Space Day 2014

Saturday October 25, 2014

How do I sign up to come to PSD?

Online sign up for students in grades 3-8 will open on Tuesday September 2, 2014. Invitations to schools will be sent the week of August 11, 2014.

Registration will close on Saturday September 6 @ 6:00pm

Can I just turn up on the day of the event?

No. Space is limited. You have to apply AND receive confirmation that you have a place on Purdue Space Day.

Can I just come for part of the day?

No. Any student who comes to PSD is expected to stay for the whole day. It is a day-long event with group activities where others in your group will be depending on you. Please do not register if you have other activities planned for that day including Super Saturdays or any sporting event. Please watch for soccer tournaments which take place at this time of year.

How do I know if I have a place on Purdue Space Day?

You will receive an email, or letter if you did not provide an email, with confirmation and detailed information about the day during the week of October 6, 2014. If you have applied but have not heard by October 13 please email psd@purdue.edu.

What if I have to cancel for any reason?

Please let PSD know immediately you have to cancel in order for another student to have a place. Either call 765-494-5147 or email psd@purdue.edu

Where can I park?

Northwestern Parking Garage is within close distance to Armstrong Hall. Please do not park on either Northwestern Ave or Stadium Ave

What time does PSD start?

Check in is from 8:15am-9:05 am in the atrium of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering (ARMS on campus map) Click here for a Campus map.

What time does PSD finish?

The day will finish when all the Groups have had a photo with the astronaut at approximately 3:15 pm

What will I collect at check -in?

Each pre-registered student will receive a bag with a booklet which explains the day and has the agenda in, their name badge with group assignment and home room number.

Can I get a t-shirt?

T-shirts are optional. If you have ordered a Purdue Space Day t-shirt you will receive it along with your bag at check-in.

T-shirts are $12 each and payment can be made before the event with checks made payable to Purdue Space Day and mailed to:

Purdue Space Day
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W. Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN. 47907-2045

Alternatively, you can pay on the day which will be a slower process and you will be directed to an area to collect it. We are sorry but we are unable to take any credit or debit cards.

Where do I go after check-in?

Each student will be directed to their "Home Room." This is where you will meet your group leaders and the rest of your group. Students will be given an activity bag containing a booklet with information about the day and a schedule for the activity sessions and a signed photo of the astronaut VIP. Parents and chaperones can collect their child from this home room both at lunch time and at the end of the day.

What time and where is the astronaut presentation?

9:30 a.m. at the Elliot Hall of Music

What is Mission Control?

There will be an information table, called Mission Control, located in the Armstrong atrium which will be staffed throughout the day. It will serve as a lost & found, meeting area, and information booth. Mission Control will have locations and details of where your child will be during the day.

How much does it cost?

Purdue Space Day is free - but please make your own travel and lunch arrangements.

What group will I be in?

Your group assignment name will be on your name badge that you collect when you check-in. Each group will have three or four Group Leaders who will be expecting you and are looking forward to meeting your child. Each child will be in a group of approx 30. Each group will be split into:

Therefore, if you have children in multiple age groups, they will be in separate groups on the day and will be taking part in different age-appropriate activities in separate parts of the campus. Students from the same schools will be in the same group and individual requests to be in the same group have all been honored.

Each Activity that you will be taking part in during the day is geared towards each age group with the older students' taking part in measurably more difficult tasks than the younger ones. There will always be Purdue students' to help anyone with any of the activities throughout the day. This means that you will be with other students who are more or less the same age as you. Also, you will be with students from the same school or area as you. We will try to put you in the same groups as your friends.

How do I know where to go for each activity?

All groups will be escorted and will be taken to each activity by a PSD Group Leader; they are easily identifiable by their Purdue Space Day T-shirts. The booklet that you collect at registration explains more fully the different activities that you will be taking part in. There will be three activity sessions for each age level. Each activity will be 45 minutes in length.

Can parents or chaperones stay for the day?

Yes, Parents and teachers are welcome to attend along with their students. Children only need to be chaperoned over the lunch period. Please see lunch details below.

What should I know about lunch?

Each child has to have an adult chaperone for the lunch period.

Lunch will be from the end of Activity Session 1 at 11:45 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Parents and guardians - Please return your students to their Group Leaders in their home rooms in Armstrong Hall by 12:45 p.m. in order to disperse to the second activity at 12:50 p.m.

Where can we eat if we bring our own lunch?

You will be able to use any of the seating areas on all four floors in Armstrong Hall including Amelia's cafeteria in the lower level (cafeteria will not be open). You will also be able to eat outside if the weather is good. Many families bring a picnic lunch and have it ready for when their child finishes the morning session. Please feel free to explore Armstrong Hall. The hallways of the 3rd floor contain many astronaut photos. (bringing a picnic lunch is the easiest option)

Where can I buy food?

Fast food restaurants are nearby. It is usually very busy at lunch time with very long lines, so plan accordingly.

Purdue Memorial Union- The food court in the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU on map) has many restaurants that will be open but you need to allow an extra 10 minutes (at least) walking each way to that area of campus. Although they will have extra cashiers for this event, it is always busy at lunchtime, so plan accordingly.

Vending Machines- There are vending machines for hot and cold drinks in the kitchenette in Armstrong Hall 3316 and snacks and cold drinks in Armstrong Hall 2116. Both rooms are close to the elevator in the middle of the building.

Will I be able to get the astronaut's autograph?

You will already have it in your welcome bag. Please do not ask the astronaut for a second autograph, as they will not have time.

Will I be able to have a photo taken with the astronaut?

Photographers will be taking pictures and video throughout the day and will try to ensure that each group has a photo taken with the astronaut. Photos will be put onto our website after Purdue Space Day.

What depends on the weather?

Purdue Space Day will be held regardless of the weather. All the school students will be moving around the Purdue campus and some activities will be held outside. Watch the weather forecast and bring the appropriate outdoor gear!