Women in Aviation and Space

September 16, 2017 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Museum in Washington, DC
Free

Throughout the history of aviation and space exploration, women have fought to be on equal terms with their male counterparts. At this family day, enjoy learning about the significant contributions women have made despite the many challenges they faced. The day will feature presentations by women in the field, hands-on activities, and stories.

 

TIMED PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

NASA Women in STEM
Panel discussion with Aprille Ericcson, Jennifer Wiseman, Nancy Searby, Mamta Nagaraja and Sandra Cauffman from NASA. Moderate by Museum curator David DeVorkin.
In Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)
11:00 am

Early Women Computers at Harvard
Panel discussion with Lindsay Smith Zrull from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Katie Frey from the John G. Wolbach Library. Moderated by Museum curator David DeVorkin.
In Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)
1:00 pm

Talk to “Ruth Law
Interact with the early aviator, portrayed by Natalie Zanin.
In Early Flight (Gallery 107)
10:30 am—12:00 pm and 1:00 pm—2:00 pm

Flights of Fancy Story Time
Enjoy a reading of Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and do a hands-on activity (ages 3+ with an adult companion).
In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
12:15 pm and 2:15 pm

Story Time with Storyteller Swatantar Mann
Enjoy a reading of The Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy and do a hands-on activity (ages 3+ with an adult companion).
In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
11:00 am and 1:30 pm

You Can Do It!
Dress up and step into an iconic poster for a photo opportunity with Rosie the Riveter characters.
In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
10:30 am—12:00 pm and 1:00 pm—2:00 pm

Astronomical Observing
Observe the sky and chat with current female staff about astronomy and planetary science.
At the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
12:00 pm—3:00 pm

Ask an Expert Presentation
Learn about the life and career of Sally Ride with Museum curator Valerie Neal.
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall (Gallery 100)
11:30 am

 

ALL DAY PRESENTATION STATIONS (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Center for Women in Computing at the University of Maryland
Explore the world of cybersecurity.
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

American Society of Civil Engineers
Build a windy city tower (as seen in the Dream Big IMAX film).
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

Society of Women Engineers, Baltimore-Washington Section
Learn to make snap circuits.
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

United States Air Force Academy
Discover careers in aviation.
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

FAA Professional Women Controllers, Inc.
Try your hand at computer based air traffic control.
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Early Flight Fun
Make an airmail card and design air show pennants and tickets (ages 5+).
In America by Air (Gallery 102)

Create an Astronaut Mission Patch
In Space Race (Gallery 114)

Make Your Own Aviation Goggles
In America by Air (Gallery 102)

 

Please note: the Wright Place Food Court is currently closed for maintenance. 

This program is made possible through the generous support of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

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