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BMckay
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posted 06-15-2009 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new non-profit (501c) organization has been formed to help promote space exploration, math and science in our schools and community. After helping out for many years, I have decided with the assistance of others to create One Giant Leap, Inc. to help our educational community learn about space and to pursue STEM subjects in our schools.

In past years, astronauts Dick Gordon, Charlie Precourt, Sunita Williams, Brian Duffy, Winston Scott, Gus Loria, Dan Burbank, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, Al Sacco, Jay Buckey, Steve Bowen, Joe Acaba, Mike Lopez Alegria, Pam Melroy, Janet Kavandi, George Zamka, Stephanie Wilson, Cady Coleman and Story Musgrave have all have visited New England with some help from me. Over 15,000 children and adults have witnessed astronauts give presentations about their life, missions, training and schooling. Hopefully some of the students were inspired by them to "reach for the stars".

Now with the help of others, we hope to inspire and help others. If you need advise on how to bring a guest speaker to your area or if you would like to help us out, please email me at onegiantleap@charter.net.

spaceman
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posted 06-19-2009 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First class - you have already achieved a great deal of success with astronaut guests. Long may it continue.

BMckay
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posted 08-26-2009 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am in the planning stages to bring an former shuttle astronaut up to Massachusetts to and host a space night with the theme being to help scouts with merit badge help and with inspiration from an astronaut who was a Eagle scout. It will be at a Boys and Girls club to help them as well.

We will be having astronaut, astronomy, robotics, rocketry, aviation, and science presentations and lots of other hand on exhibits. It will held outside of Boston in the Fitchburg area.

I am looking for sponsors, donors and help from people all over and in New England especially. If you like to help, let me know. Donations are possibly tax deductible. We are a 501c3.

Email me with questions or suggestions that could help me out.

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posted 08-31-2009 08:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketPoke   Click Here to Email RocketPoke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's great news, congratulations! If you get a chance, please email me at my username at yahoo. I'd like to follow up with you on the process this took. Thanks!

E2M Lem Man
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posted 08-31-2009 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Aerospace Legacy Foundation welcomes OneGiantLeap, Inc. into the fold! Every best wish to our 501c brother on the far side of the country! Lets get these kids on the right STEM track, together!

BMckay
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posted 10-08-2009 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In conjunction with some schools we were able to bring back up north Astronaut Steve Bowen. Four schools with over 1200 students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th graders had the chance to hear him speak, see awesome video, ask questions and interact with him. Hopefully a few of them were inspired to study hard, be dedicated, be good and will "reach for the stars" in whatever they choose to do.

icarkie
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posted 10-08-2009 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice one mate... Well done.

BMckay
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posted 03-22-2010 05:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The organization is going well. Working on astronaut visits, space and aviation events with other organizations this spring and summer. Lots happening...

BMckay
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posted 04-19-2010 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We just had some great events and talks with Bob Thirsk.

We are now teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of North Central, Massachusetts to have a family space and aviation day on April 24, 2010.

Our special guest will be Massachusetts-born former pilot, commander and former chief astronaut Charlie Precourt. If you live in the area, we hope to see you there.

BMckay
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posted 12-01-2010 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finishing up a busy year which saw Joe Tanner, Bob Thirsk, Charlie Precourt, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and one more (to come). Great talks by all and hope they inspired someone to study harder, go into science or math fields or reach for the stars.

If you like to make a donation or sponsor an astronaut, please let me know. We could always use help.

In fact, the first person to make a donation in the amount of $250 or more to our 501c3 will receive a Buzz Aldrin Fathead.

BMckay
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posted 02-17-2012 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wanted to let people know we are still in business and have done a few astronaut visits, plus have done some fun community events.

This past year or so, astronauts such as Cady Coleman, Bob Thirsk, Joe Tanner, Sandra Magnus, Rick Mastracchio, Lee Morin and Steve Bowen have all ventured up to Massachusetts to speak to over 10,000 students so far.

We are in the planning stages for other events and schools for 2012. It should be an eventful year. Even without the shuttle flying, interest is still high for learning about space, science and math.

Thank you to all that have helped so far but we could use some more help. We are always looking for donations, sponsorships, items to display such as an ISS model, a replica space helmet and suits (kids love to touch and try on), a cutaway Saturn V and other items that kids like to see and touch.

We are a 501c3 so we can accept donations. So I hope people can help us out so that we can reach more kids.

Check out our new website: onegiantleap.org. Thanks to all!

BMckay
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posted 05-20-2012 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One Giant Leap is planning on hosting some community events this summer and we could use some sponsors and donors to help us out. some plans in the works are a Starfest in July, a Soyuz launch event in July and an Air Force in space event in August.

If you would like to help us out, we are a 501c3 and make your contribution a possible tax deduction. Any amount is greatly appreciated. We also like suggestions or leads for other sponsors if you can help that way as well. If you live overseas, we still could use your help. We would make it worth your while if you do help. Any donation or sponsorship of $50 or more will result in a flown bookmark sent to you or something else.

These will be fun events open to all ( we try to make it free for our visitors)so we could use some help.

Email me offline if you have any questions. Thank you!

BMckay
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posted 01-02-2014 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
2013 was a busy year again for us. We hosted a space day in Bedford, MA with astronaut Jerry Ross in the spring which we did a book signing as well as learn more about Jerry and his life. We also helped bring Jerry down to the New England Air Museum in Hartford. Please check out that museum if you are ever in CT!

In May, astronauts Sunita Williams and Aki Hoshide did some tours of schools plus a few extra speaking events in an around Boston and Cape Cod. It was great to have two thirds of an international crew in one place. Aki spoke at a all Japanese school in Boston while Suni spoke around her hometown and in Falmouth.

In Central Massachusetts during the summer, we did a Space Night event in the summer with astronaut Dan Burbank. We are helping the Aldrich Astronomical Society raise awareness of their goal of building an observatory for everyone to use in Massachusetts. We spoke about human spaceflight and showed space artifacts to the public as well as hearing some great stories from Dan Burbank.

The fall was tough with the government shutdown so we moved some school events into 2014.

We also helped astronauts come home and speak to school all during the year and I think so far over 40,000.00 students and adults have heard and interacted with astronauts since we started in 2008.

We could really use some help for 2014. If you would like o help us, please send any support to:

One Giant Leap Inc.
454 Pepperell Road
Groton, MA 01450

...or paypal to me and I will turn it over to them and you will get a receipt from us because we are a 501C3 Non profit. I also help supporters who help us.

Also if you are ever interested in getting support from us to help bring an astronaut up to your area, I can offer suggestions, contacts and other support if needed. Please email me anytime.

Thanks to al who have helped in 2013 and I hope we can get more help in 2014 because it very hard and expensive to do this but it is so worth it. We do this to give back and help promote math, science and space in our schools and community. Happy New year!

Bryan McKay
President of One Giant Leap Inc.

BMckay
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posted 02-06-2014 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We just hosted another astronaut with plans in the works March. If anyone wants to donate $1000 I will get them a used Blue Flight Suit that was used and owned by a real astronaut. This would help us out a lot.

Dave Owen
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posted 02-11-2014 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Owen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great to read about all the good work you're doing Bryan. As you know I'm working on a similar but smaller-scale project in New Zealand. I'm very jealous of your astronaut visits. Keep it up - I'll be watching and one day I might even be able to pay you a visit.

BMckay
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posted 03-12-2014 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a heads up to whomever reads this thread. We will be hosting a special STEAM event in Massachusetts on March 27, where two current astronauts will perform a song or two and then talk about their missions aboard the Shuttle, Soyuz and ISS.

In addition new Tim Gagnon designed patches will be unveiled, such as a new Coast Guard Astronaut patch at the New England Air Museum in Connecticut on March 30. Tim will be attending the Space Day in his old home state. So please stop by and see us. Want to help out and want more info, email me...

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posted 03-12-2014 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the plug Bryan. I'm looking forward to seeing if you "can go home again."

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I hope to attend the New England Air Museum show on the 30th.

BMckay
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posted 04-22-2014 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to all that has helped us in the past. It is with a sad heart that I am will no longer be posting items or talking about One Giant Leap Inc. on collectSPACE. I will be communicating in a different manner but I just do not know which way yet.

I would like to create an email list so that anyone who is interested in knowing what we are doing, who is coming up to Massachusetts or just want to know stuff, please send me your email. I will never sell that list or send spam.

collectSPACE has been great for us but I want to go in a different manner. So maybe I will post again. Thank you Rob for always being there for us.

Thanks again to all who have helped and supported us over the years. We are not going anywhere.

BMckay
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posted 06-12-2014 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Head to Facebook or our website for up to date info.

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