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 Robotics is theme of January Family Day
 Activities take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19
 Admission is free
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Dayton STEM School explains different concepts of robotics to visitors during a past Family Day at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Learn about the exciting field of robotics during Family Day

Posted 1/2/2013   Updated 12/27/2012 Email story   Print story


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

1/2/2013 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Commemorate the ninth anniversary of the landing of NASA's twin robot geologists, the Mars Exploration Rovers, through a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations showcasing the exciting world of robotics!

During Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, visitors can learn about the role of robotics in the Air Force, see examples of robotics toys and working robotics and more. Students also will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their competition robots.

"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 before making their own paper robot.

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

The event is free, and visitors of all ages may participate in these aviation-related activities located throughout the museum galleries. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.

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