MINOT, N.D. — Kids play with big blue blocks in the Lunar Playground or maneuver a robot around lunar rocks. They're not on the moon, but at the Lunar Landing Station in the KidSpace building at the North Dakota State Fair.
The new display, sponsored by the Magic City Discovery Center, is open from noon to 7 p.m. during the fair. The building is located right next to the Bunny Barn on the state fairgrounds.
Liz Weeks, education and outreach coordinator for the Magic City Discovery Center, said the children's museum is still fundraising to build its permanent museum.
This year its new space display display at the State Fair was designed in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.
At different stations, kids (and parents) can try out different science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities.
Connie Nelson, one of several STEM ambassadors, is on hand to help kids make a "stomp rocket" out of paper rolled around a PVC pipe that they can launch at a target. Kids learn how air powers the rocket to fly.
Other stations are designed around completing a space mission, using game tables and EV3 LEGO robots on the 2019 FIRST Lego League Mission, according to material provided by the State Fair.
Weeks said the Magic City Discovery Center hopes to also carry its activities into area schools in years to come and to work with local school districts.
The fair ends Saturday.