SPRING BREAK EXPLORATION + SPACE STEM LIVE!
Free with regular admission » Free to Museum members
March 11-14 » 10AM – 2PM
Explore our Sun, make paper airplanes and helicopters, and learn about gravity!
Monday, March 11
How is gravity is like a cloth? Learn how objects with mass bend gravity in space using a gravity well and Earth X’s Omniglobe.
Tuesday, March 12
Learn how the four forces of flight act on a helicopter by creating your very own paper version and watching it fly in our custom wind tube!
Wednesday, March 13
Test your knowledge on our solar system’s lone star and view it safely with our solar telescope (weather-dependent).
Thursday, March 14
Become an aviator for a day and explore aerodynamics with different types of
paper aircraft. Continue your aviation journey by exploring Wings of Freedom!
March 15 » 10AM – 2PM
Explore NASA’s three big questions with hands-on activities, shows,
1. How did we get here?
– Learn how astronomers look back in time
– Discover the size of our Universe as we know it by studying the Hubble Deep Field Images
2. How does the Universe work?
– Dive into the electromagnetic spectrum with NASA’s missions to see through galaxies and unlock their secrets
– Explore the effects of gravity from things we can see (planets, stars, etc.) and things we cannot see (dark matter)
3. Are we alone?
– Detect worlds orbiting other stars with
NASA’s Eyes on Exoplanets
– Identify Earth-like planets that
may be fostering life
Additional Learning Stations
• Capture a real picture with NASA’s Micro Observatory network of telescopes and
take it home with you
• Build your own Comet and Galaxy Slime
• SPOC Planetarium Show “Answering NASA’s 3 Big Questions”
• Special Presentation by Dr. Peter Frinchaboy hosted in our auditorium at 11am. Free with admission, limited seating.
This event is brought to you in part by NASA’s Universe of Learning, in partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations.