MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON, DC

Today's Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: 202-633-2214

Science Demonstrations

Science demonstrations are presented on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the day.

Location: Throughout the Museum.
Duration: 20 - 25 minutes.
Schedule: Daily schedules are posted outside gallery entrances.
Groups: Group of 10 or more may reserve a demonstration in advance.

Today's Schedule:

11:30 am:

Inventing the Airplane
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 lead up to the historic moment humans first flew in an airplane.

12:30 pm:

Paper Airplane Contest
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.

1:30 pm:

Inventing the Airplane
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 lead up to the historic moment humans first flew in an airplane.

2:30 pm:

Forces of Flight
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.

3:30 pm:

Paper Airplane Contest
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.