Destination Moon

Trying Together is proud to partner with the Senator John Heinz History Center for this UnConference! To commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the mission, the Heinz History Center is partnering with the Smithsonian to host “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission”, an epic exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and presented in Pittsburgh by UPMC.


On Saturday, November 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., we will begin our day with an in-depth exploration of the Apollo 11 mission, the birth of the American space program, and the space race with Director of Education Mariruth Leftwich and Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Early Learning specialist Ann Caspari. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a national treasure in Pittsburgh – the Command Module Columbia. The only portion of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the Moon and safely return him to Earth, Columbia embodies the accomplishments of the 400,000 Americans who contributed to the success of the mission. Also, learn how Pittsburgh innovators and companies, including Westinghouse, North American Rockwell, Wabtec’s Union Switch & Signal, and others, used their “We Can Do It!” spirit to play a crucial role in the Apollo 11 mission, and discover how the region’s brightest minds continue to impact the space program today.

Then, Ms. Caspari and Ms. Leftwich will lead us through interactive, hands-on STEAM exercises related to the exhibit that can easily translate into an early childhood classroom. The afternoon features STEAM oriented workshops by local organizations.

How to Register

Please register now to reserve your space! When the workshops are finalized, you will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select your preferred workshops. We will do our best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed. There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration, so we recommend you register early.

Please register by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018. For groups of 6+ people, there is a 10% discount. Please email Yu-Ling at for more information.

What do I Receive?

  • 5 PQAS/DHS credits and Act 48
  • Light breakfast and lunch
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions
  • Refreshed or refined thinking about our work with young children

Attendees can receive refunds if requested thirty (30) days in advance of the UnConference date. Please email Yu-Ling at


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Cheng at or call 412-421-3889.
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Thank You To Our Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to our co-hosts, Heinz History Center & Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, our series sponsor PNC Grow Up Great, and to our workshop partners, without whom this would not be possible!Trying Together and Senatorh John Heinz History Center logos.


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