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September 15th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 
10:00 am Rocket Blast Off! 
10:30 am Superhero Science Show
11:00 am Rocket Blast Off! 
12:00 pm Marvels of Motion Show
1:00 pm Rocket Blast Off! 
Enjoy karaoke from 11 - 12 and from 1 - 2. Our exciting hands - on science booths will be open all day and cosmic candy and galactic popcorn will be for sale! Enjoy multiple types of rockets being launched and enter for your chance to win your own rocket! 
Rain or Shine! 

 105 Main Street    South Portland


 Back to School Blast Off!


When:  Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10am to 2pm

Where:  Mad Science Lab, 105 Main St, South Portland, ME


3…2…1… BLAST OFF!! 


Join Mad Science of Maine on Saturday, September 15 from 10am to 2pm for our Back to School Blast Off!  Launch into another school year with this action-packed family event, which is sure to wow kids of all ages!  Mad Scientists at the Mission Control Lab are gearing up for multiple rocket launches, a rocket building station, and hands-on activity booths.  Karaoke and live entertainment is sure to be out of this world!  Don’t miss the opportunity to see all of the behind the scene action.  Admission is FREE and we’ll have cotton candy, popcorn, beverages, astronaut ice cream and more for sale!  There will be something for everyone – budding rocket scientists, future astronauts, sonic sound engineers, and even sweet treat aficionados’!! 










NASA and Mad Science team up to bring you Opsparc!

Jan 5, 2018 12:00 AM

Mad Science and NASA Team up to bring you OPSPARC 2018

Let kids ignite their creative thinking with the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge!


 Are YOU up to the task to "Be the Spark" to help NASA and OPTIMUS PRIME discover NASA spinoff technologies that can help humankind?


Students will research spinoffs, and just like an engineer, use an engineering design process to take an everyday object and use it in new ways that will solve a problem.


OPSPARC winners will come to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD for a 2-day workshop and awards ceremony.



OPTIMUS PRIME is asking students to "Be the Spark" and help humankind by raising awareness of the benefits that NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives by participating in the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). The challenge hopes to inspire to kids ignite their creative thinking with the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge.


Just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS, NASA spinoffs start out as one thing, and can convert into something else. Technologies originally developed for one of NASA's many missions can be modified into something else- something that may be used in your home, school or environment.  


As part of OPSPARC 2018, students will give life to NASA inspired spinoff ideas, just like the "Allspark" gives life to TRANSFORMERS robots, by creating a "Glog" an online multimedia poster via Glogster.


There are three levels of the competition- the Elementary School Category for students grades 3-6, the Middle School Category for students grades 7-8 and the High School Category for students grades 9-12. The challenge will run from September 2017 - February 2018. The Elementary School level (grades 3-6) is being sponsored by Mad Science, the leading science enrichment provider for children ages 3-12.


Students will research spinoffs found in their homes or schools, and just like an engineer, will use an engineering design process to take an everyday object and use it in new ways that will solve a problem learning invaluable STEM inspired skills. Students will show off their work by using videos, drawings, pictures and text.


Twenty teams comprised of middle and high school students will be invited to work with college engineering student mentors to further develop their spinoff concept within a 3-D, multi-user, virtual world setting through the creation of computer-aided design (CAD) models and application of engineering and business analyses on their spinoff concepts.


“The submissions we received last year as part of OPSPARC 2017 were incredible- it is going to be hard to top in OPSPARC 2018, but I am confident that contestants are up to the challenge to ‘Be the Spark’,” said Nona Cheeks, Chief, NASA Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.


OPSPARC winners will come to NASA Goddard for a 2-day workshop and awards ceremony in the spring of 2018.


For more information, and to register for the contest, please visit the OPSPARC website at:


NASA and Mad Science have a long-standing collaboration through which Mad Science offers an after-school program and summer camp called the NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers.  For more information about Mad Science programs, please visit


TRANSFORMERS, AUTOBOTS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro are used with permission (c) 2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.


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