Robots Among Us
Jan. 18, 2014
Commemorate the 10th 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. 18 at the museum.
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.
In addition, throughout the day, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about how students in grades 4-12 can get involved in robotics by seeing demonstrations by the Dayton Challenger Learning Center's FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics Competition teams.
All activities are free! No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.
Upcoming Family Days
Feb. 15, 2014
This month's theme complements the museum's temporary exhibit highlighting the incredible high-altitude jump from 128,100 feet above the Earth! Learn about gravity, freefall, the speed of sound and more through fun demos and hands-on activities as we commemorate this record breaking feat.
March 15, 2014
Family Day will once again feature the museum's temporary exhibit highlighting the incredible high-altitude, high speed Stratos jump through fun demos and hands-on activities focusing on balloon travel and the properties of air.
April 19, 2014
Celebrate Spring through fun demos and hands-on activities. Watch fascinating demonstrations of the incredible art of indoor kite flying and build and fly your own kite!
May 17, 2014 - Space Fest
Join us for a multitude of exciting space-related activities! The museum, Dayton Challenger Learning Center and other partner organizations will offer hands-on activities for all ages. More details will be announced as the date nears.
June 21, 2014
Celebrate the anniversary of the first flight of the world's first practical helicopter by learning about the aircraft that can go backwards, forwards, spin and even hover in place through fun demos and hands-on activities.
July 19, 2014
Commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing by learning about rocketry and space flight through fun demos and hands-on activities.
Aug. 16, 2014
Commemorate National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright's birthday) by learning about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2014 and beyond through fun demos and hands-on activities.
Sept. 27, 2014
This month's Family Day will be held in conjunction with the three-day World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in Europe. Dawn Patrol is one of the nation's premier historical aviation events as it brings the excitement and adrenaline of early air power to Ohio. The event features vintage original and reproduction WWI aircraft, radio-controlled models, era automobiles, period re-enactors and a collector's show.
Oct. 18, 2014
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities. Come dressed in your favorite costume!
Nov. 15, 2014
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!