DAYTON, Ohio --
Commemorate the anniversary of Spirit and Opportunity -- the twin Mars rovers -- by learning about the exciting field of robotics from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Designed for children and adults of all ages, the event offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations, located throughout the museum’s galleries, teach fun aerospace principles, such as the role of robotics in the Air Force, examples of robotic toys, working robotics and more. Plus, a special guest appearance by R2-D2 is expected!
“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. Participants also can make a paper craft. A limited number of books will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis during each storytime, through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. and PNC Foundation. (No federal endorsement implied.)
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, and no advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame, which is located within the museum, will offer several free robotics-related activities as well.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
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.