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Sunday
06
MAY

STEM Workshop Technology of Intergalactic Combat

15:00
16:00
Gaithersburg Arts on the Green
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STEM Workshop: Technology of Intergalactic Combat

“A symbol of the Emperor’s inviolable rule,” the planet-destroying Death Star reigns as the Ultimate Weapon in the galaxy. Learn the basics of electricity by working with a partner to complete circuits inside of the Death Star to activate lights and sounds from the Star Wars movies. Then, make your own mini lightsaber to take home. This workshop is open to children ages 9 to 11. A supply fee of $10 is due to the instructor on the day of the workshop.
$15 Resident/$18 Nonresident

What is Maythe4th?
This year, Arts on the Green is celebrating May 4th with activities for all ages throughout the weekend. May 4th is a day Star Wars fans have chosen to celebrate and honor all-things-Star-Wars, be it by posting Star Wars related content to social media, hosting Star Wars screening parties, wearing Star Wars costumes and clothing, or shopping for Star Wars merchandise.

Why May 4th? Because, as it happens, fans invented a clever turn of phrase based on the classic Star Wars slogan “May the Force Be With You” back in 1978: “May the FOURTH Be With You”. While originally invoked among US fans as a Fourth of July greeting, it was reset to May 4th the following year when a full-page ad appeared in the May 4, 1979 issue of The London Evening News to congratulate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on her taking office that day: “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations!”

Since then, and especially in recent years, Star Wars fans have claimed May 4th as their day, a day that has also given Lucasfilm an opportunity to give back to the Star Wars community that honors that galaxy far, far away. This year, in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change – an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world – Lucasfilm and Disney will be giving back wherever they can, and we encourage fans to do the same.

Since 2012, Lucasfilm has encouraged May the 4th activities through its official website and social channels as well as provided built-in discounts and special offers on Star Wars merchandise. And since “May the 4th Be With You” doesn’t carry the same witty punch when translated into other languages, “Star Wars Day” has been adopted to establish a global meaning for this annual worldwide celebration.