SCC sets up ‘Solar System Walk’ in downtown Sylva

first_imgAs part of a unique partnership with NASA, Southwestern Community College’s STEM Club has set up an “Solar System Walk” in downtown Sylva.The walk, which is open to the public through the day of the Great American Eclipse (Aug. 21), features a poster of every planet in our solar system placed relative to its distance from the sun to give perspective as to how far apart each is.It starts at the fountain at the base of the historic Jackson County Courthouse steps, and the entire walk is approximately a half-mile.Each poster contains facts about a particular planet – including its temperature, gravity and how long it takes to orbit the sun.“We know that a lot of visitors will be coming to our area over the next few days, and this is a great outdoor activity they can do while enjoying our beautiful downtown area,” said Patsy Allen, SCC’s Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative coordinator. “It’s also an opportunity for people to learn more about science.”Southwestern is the only community college in the nation to be directly partnered with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate STEM Activation Team.For more information about SCC’s eclipse preparations, visit learn more about SCC’s NASA-funded project, visit