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Heritage Family Day & Helicopter Display

Family Day

     

Heritage Family Days Series
Saturday, August 2
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Throughout the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Admission: Free, Parking $15

This heritage series family day will highlight the contributions of scientists and engineers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professions across cultures, from Juan de la Cierva, the inventor of the gyroplane, to Dr. George Carruthers, the inventor of the first Moon-based observatory. Outside, see a display of helicopters and meet the pilots who fly these amazing rotorcraft. Indoors, talk to an astronaut, participate in an array of hands-on activities with Museum staff; radio control rocketry and airplane groups; professional engineering organizations; and local astronomers. There will also be Flights of Fancy Story Time with arts and craft activities for our youngest visitors. Guest presenters in the STEM professions will be on hand, including Latino professionals participating in the ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert Series, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center.

 

SCHEDULED EVENTS

Q&A with NASA astronaut and helicopter pilot Patrick Forrester, Colonel (Ret. U.S. Army)
Learn what it takes to be a part of the next generation of STEM professionals
In the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, lower level
11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Enjoy STEM related music with musician, song writer and singer Alden Phelps (recommended for ages 3 and up)
In the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, lower level
10:30 am, 12:45 pm, and 2:45 pm

Explore the Forces of Flight science demonstration
In the West Gallery of the Boeing Aviation Hangar, lower level
12:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Ask an Expert presentation with Aeronautics curator Roger Connor
Learn about Juan de la Cierva, the inventor of the gyroplane
In the Boeing Aviation Hangar, lower level, at the SR-71 Blackbird Aircraft
12:30 pm

Try your hand at a paper airplane contest
In the West Gallery of the Boeing Aviation Hangar, lower level
11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Build and decorate your own sled kite
In the Early Flight Gallery of the Boeing Aviation Hangar, lower level
11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Flights of Fancy story time and space food demonstration
Recommended for children ages 3 - 8 years old
At the back of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
10:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm

Book signing with author Col. Wolfgang Samuel
At the Museum Store Entrance
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 

ALL DAY PRESENTATIONS

¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert Series
Hosted by the Smithsonian Latino Center
Boeing Aviation Hangar, lower level, at the SR-71 Blackbird Aircraft

American Indian Science and Engineering Society, National Capital Region
Learn about their careers in the STEM professions
Boeing Aviation Hangar, lower level, at the SR-71 Blackbird Aircraft

Outdoor Helicopter Display
See a static display of helicopters, flown in for one day only. Talk to the pilots that fly these amazing rotorcraft. Please note: Safety briefing in the North End of the Boeing Aviation Hangar required before heading out doors.  The last Safety Briefing is at 2:45 pm.
Outside on the North Ramp

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES

Hands-on activities hosted by local STEM professionals
For a complete list of all hands-on activities, visit the Welcome Center when you arrive on August 2.

Design and build your own rocket
Recommended for ages 3 and up
At the back of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Night Sky and Make Your Own Constellation hands-on craft activities
Recommended for ages 3 and up
At the back of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

 

The Heritage Family Day Series is made possible through the generous support of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Directions to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Udvar-Hazy Center Floorplan

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