Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 2:28 pm

Bettendorf Youth Science Expo coming Feb 2

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Press release submitted by Celeste Miller


Bettendorf Youth Science Expo - Feb. 2


The Bettendorf Youth Science Expo featuring local science talent and guest speakers will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bettendorf Middle School, 2030 Middle Rd, Bettendorf. The event is free and open to all children.

"This is the sixth year that this exciting program, designed to excite kids about science," said Betsy Romano, event founder. "The Science Expo is the only event of its type that brings together science-oriented professionals from the business and government sectors to give elementary and middle school students a sense of the excitement that can be generated working hands on with science."

Some of the activities involved include hands-on experiments and displays including: making cola, hanging with a bat, figuring out your DNA, guests from the zoo, cockroach races, learning how the body works, and learning what intubation is.

The Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation Visiting Science Scholar Jeffrey Hanley will be a guest speaker at the Science Expo. At 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Hanley, a Bettendorf High School graduate, is the Director of Human Exploration Development Support at the Johnson Space Center and a Deputy Program Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope managed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The Webb telescope will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.

Jeff Hanley attended elementary school at Jefferson Elementary, intermediate school at Middle School, and graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1979 knowing very early on that he wanted to dedicate his professional life to the nation's space program. Upon graduation Hanley attended the University of Houston and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989; and a Master of Science in Natural and Applied Sciences in 1998.

Hanley joined NASA's Civil Service in 1989 and worked as a space shuttle flight controller for the Payload Operations Branch of the Mission Operations Directorate until 1996. Within 7 years of graduating from college, Hanley was selected to serve as a Mission Control Flight Director for NASA and achieved certification for both the International Space Station and the space shuttle. In this role he led and supported several space shuttle flights and space station assembly missions as a station flight director. Hanley was also the lead flight director for Expedition 1. In 2005 he was named Chief of the Flight Director's Office.

In 2005 NASA embarked on development of the nation's new spacecraft and launch system, taking astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond. Hanley was asked to lead this exciting new adventure. He successfully managed an annual budget of almost $3 Billion and led a global team of almost 12,000 civil service and contractor employees until May of 2010.