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Jan. 17, 2015

Commemorate the anniversary of Spirit and Opportunity -- the twin Mars rovers -- by learning about the exciting field of robotics during Family Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations, located throughout the museum's galleries, teach fun and simple aerospace principles, such as the role of robotics in the Air Force, examples of robotic toys, working robotics and more.

"Storytime" begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes and listen to stories about robots and Mars travel. Participants also can make a paper robot.

During this month's Aerospace Adventure from 1:30-3 p.m. in the event area next to the Korean War Gallery, participants can make their own robotic "hand" end effector.

All activities are free! No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.

Note: The Air Force Museum Foundation will offer related activities on certain dates. Click here for more information.

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Upcoming Family Days

Globe Trotting - Feb. 21, 2015
Commemorate the birthdays of Galileo and Copernicus and the anniversary of the first GPS satellite by learning about astronomy and satellites! Participants can make their own "satellites" from recycled materials.

Meteorology Mania - March 21, 2015
Join us to learn about various aspects of weather, especially regarding how it affects flight, through a number of fun demos and hands-on activities.

Kite Tales - April 11, 2015
Celebrate spring through fun demos and hands-on activities, including building and flying your own kite!

Space Fest - May 15-16, 2015
Join us for a multitude of exciting activities as the Museum and partnering organizations focus on everything space! Click here for more details!

Play Ball - June 20, 2015
Can you throw a curve ball? Learn about the physics of baseball and other sports through a variety of fun demos and hands-on activities.

Newton in Space - July 18, 2015
Commemorate the anniversaries of both the Apollo 11 and the Apollo 15 moon landings by learning about rocketry and space flight through fun demos and hands-on activities. The museum has the Apollo 15 Command Module on display in the Missile & Space Gallery.

National Aviation Day - Aug. 15, 2015
Commemorate National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright's birthday) by learning about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2015 and beyond through fun demos and hands-on activities.

Fall with Gravity - Sept. 26, 2015
Celebrate the fall season while learning how we can overcome and cope with the force that causes falling! Activities will include sitting in an actual B-2 ejection seat and trying on a parachute.

Spooktacular Aerospace Fun - Oct. 31, 2015
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities. Come dressed in your favorite costume!

Destination Space Station - Nov. 21, 2015
Commemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history: the International Space Station. Learn about the station and spaceflight through fun demos and hands-on activities. Build your own space station from recycling materials!

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