Wednesday March 23, 2011
Brian Mullen 202-633-2376
Frank McNally 703-572-4040
Public information: 202-633-1000
Parents who want to get their kids excited about science are invited to the inaugural Super Science Saturday—a day full of educational science fun at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Starting Saturday April 9, Super Science Saturdays will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month for the next three years and will offer a variety of activities focused a different science concept. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, young visitors will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics related to aviation and space exploration.
The theme for the first Super Science Saturday April 9 is “How Things Fly” and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of activities will be:
Visitors will be asked to participate in a family-friendly demonstration to explore the forces of flight and the basic science behind how airplanes fly.
"Stop, Look and Discover" are the guiding words for hands-on activity stations featuring historical materials, artifacts and models related to specific themes and exhibitions in the museum.
For the youngest members in the family, museum educators will read aviation-themed stories and then encourage children to create arts and crafts.
Themes for the following Saturdays in 2011 will be:
April 9 Super Science Saturday Kickoff: How Things Fly
May 14: Astronomy
June 11: Communications
July 9: Weather
Aug. 13: Energy
Sept. 10: Living and Working in Space
Oct. 8: Balloons and Blimps
Nov. 12: The Moon and Beyond
Dec. 10: The Wright Brothers
For more information about the museum’s Super Science Saturdays series, visit: http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/superscience/.
Super Science Saturdays are made possible by the generous support of FBR.
The National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. Both facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center.