Soar Together @ Air and Space: Explore Our Space and Yours — Favorite Family Activities
August 13 and 14, 2021
Soar Together @ Air and Space is a monthly family program from the National Air and Space Museum. Through live events and interactive activities you can do anytime, your family will explore a different air and space topic every month.
In August, we are celebrating the start of the school year and marking the end of summer with our favorite and most popular videos and activities! Whether you're on vacation or back in school, we’ll help you discover how learning can take place anywhere you choose to explore.
Welcome to the Soar Together @ Air and Space virtual family day. Dive into the Anytime Activities at your own schedule, then participate in a Virtual Family Challenge on Saturday between 12:30 and 3:30 pm ET and don't miss the Virtual Planetarium Show Saturday at 1 pm ET. Full details below!
Virtual Family Challenge on Goosechase
Saturday, August 14, Available 12:30 to 3:30 pm ET
Join our monthly Virtual Family Challenge using the app GooseChase! These challenges feature fun missions, activities and photo challenges for you and your friends and family to do together, featuring content and activities from past and present programs. Earn points with every activity you complete!
The game runs for three hours, and you can complete challenges any time during this three-hour period.
Join the game by using these simple steps:
- Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.
- Choose to play as a guest or register for a personal account with a username and password of your choice.
- Search for and select the Best of Soar Together game with the following code: 7ZZR9Z
- Follow the prompts to select or create your team.
- Let the fun begin!
Virtual Planetarium Show: Starry Skies
Saturday, August 14, 1 to 2 pm ET
Get a tour of the night sky and the solar system with our astronomy educators in this virtual planetarium show. Explore some of the things you can find in the sky tonight, and get your questions answered by our experts! You can also put this knowledge to the test in our Virtual Family Challenge. This program will be held on Zoom webinar (access the Zoom here) with live closed captioning. Register for the virtual planetarium show.
On the go and only have a few minutes to spare? Check out:
Origami Balloons (ages 8+)
Learn how to fold a piece of paper into a balloon and discover the history of ballooning in Asia. Go to the Origami Balloons Activity.
For more like this, check out our Soar Together @ Air and Space family program on Balloons.
Make a Sun Tracker (ages 8+)
Follow the movement of the Sun from wherever you are with this homemade sundial. Learn how.
Shadow Sculpture (ages 4+)
People around the world have made sculptures that cast interesting shadows to celebrate the Solstice, but you can try making a shadow sculpture any day — all you need is some sun! Learn how to make a shadow sculpture.
Design Your Own Mission Patch (all ages)
What's the meaning behind those patches that astronauts wear? Astronaut Paul Richards has the answer. Learn more and design your own mission patch.
Dancing the Milky Way
Discover how you can turn data collected from space, usually viewed as colors in an image, into sound and body movement! Scientist Kim Arcand from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and dance artist Kylie Murray from Local Motion Project join up to get you out of your seat exploring the stars, dust clouds, and the energy of the Milky Way! This webinar was produced in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History.
My Path Videos
How Did They Get There? Our My Path video series lets you hear from astronauts, pilots, engineers, and many other people who work in aerospace! Check out the full playlist or watch one of these top choice My Path videos below.
Want to Be an Engineer? Hear from NASA engineer Bo Naasz on who inspired him to take up engineering and what he likes about working for NASA. As an aerospace engineer, he works on multiple missions, including one that will land a rover on an asteroid! Watch below or on YouTube.
Can You Be a Pilot on TV? Ariel Tweto says yes! As a pilot on Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska, explorer and Alaska native Ariel Tweto turned her childhood working on her dad’s airplane in a remote village into a career as a pilot and TV presenter! Watch an interview with her below or on YouTube.
How to Spot the International Space Station (ages 10+)
Learn how to spot the International Space Station from wherever you are and then check out NASA's Spot the Station website to find out the next opportunity to see it!
For more like this, check out our Soar Together @ Air and Space family program on the International Space Station.
Flights of Fancy Story Time (ages 3-6)
In this recording, museum curator Margaret Weitekamp reads aloud the book she wrote with curator emeritus David DeVorkin and educator Diane Kidd titled “Pluto’s Secret.” At the end, educator Ann Caspari shows you how to paint with ice cubes.
Soar Together @ Air and Space is made possible by the generous support of Northrop Grumman.