Families learn about some of the science behind rockets by making a soda straw rocket and seeing real rockets and robotic devices developed by the NASA/ASU Space Grant interns.

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Got a budding rock hound or space cadet at home?

Bring her to Earth and Space Exploration Day, going on Saturday at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Children age 5 and older — and anyone, really, who’s interested in learning alongside real scientists — can pan for gold, dig for meteorites or bring favorite rocks for “Dr. Rock” to examine.

A chunk of the moon collected by Apollo 15 astronauts will be unveiled around 11 a.m., when ASU scientist Samuel Lawrence introduces the lunar rock with a talk titled “A Treasure From the Moon: ASU Welcomes Apollo Sample 15555.”

The annual event, hosted by ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will also feature guided field trips to nearby Tempe Butte. The Mars Education Program, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team and ASU Robotics team will host activities. The NASA Space Photography Lab at ASU will allow visitors to view more than 1 million solar system exploration images taken over the past 40 years.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. On Tyler Mall, outside the Bateman Physical Science Center F-Wing, south of University Drive and west of McAllister Avenue, on the ASU Campus in Tempe. Free. (480) 965-5081 or sese.asu.edu/earth-and-space-exploration-day

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