MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON, DC

Today's Hours: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: 202-633-2214

Science Demonstrations

These 25-minute programs combine staff-led demonstrations and hands-on activities to illustrate how things fly on Earth and in space. Reservations are recommended.

Forces of Flight
Grades: 4-12
How do lift, weight, drag, and thrust affect everything flying in Earth's atmosphere and space? Learn what a force is, test your strength against air pressure, explore Bernoulli's principle, and investigate different forms of propulsion. Discover how things fly while experimenting with the four forces of flight.
(Limit 50 participants)

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Inventing the Airplane
Grades: 4-8
What is an airplane and why does it have that distinctive shape? Discover what challenges the Wright brothers overcame to make the first sustained, powered, and controlled flight. Explore the fascinating events and engineering feats that led up to the historic moment humans first flew in an airplane.
(Limit 50 participants)

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Paper Airplane Contest
Grades: 4-8
How do you control an airplane? Explore the concept of stability while making and test flying a simple paper airplane. Use weight to balance your paper airplane and compete against other visitors for the coveted title of “Top Gun” and a special prize. No experience necessary! All materials provided.
(Limit 30 participants)

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Space Station Sensation
Grades: 4-12
What is the International Space Station (or ISS)? Discover what countries are involved in the operation of the ISS, where it's located, and what do astronauts do on it. Explore the challenges astronauts face in a microgravity environment, while living and working onboard the largest construction project ever in space.
(Limit 50 participants)

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Shuttle Toilet Training
Grades: 4 and Above
“Going to the bathroom” takes on a whole new meaning when you're orbiting the Earth at 17,500 mph.  Learn about the different components of the Waste Collection System and how they compare to your toilet at home.  Explore some of the challenges engineers faced in designing the shuttle toilet and learn how astronauts used it to go to the bathroom in a microgravity environment. 
(Limit 20 participants)

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