Museum to teach gravity during planned events


Greene County News

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Celebrate the beginning of the fall season while learning about the force that causes falling — gravity, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Aerospace demonstration stations located throughout the museum will allow those of all ages to experience the concept of gravity in a variety of situations, including one station which invites participants to try on a real parachute and sit in an actual B-2 ejection seat.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Carney Auditorium. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to hear stories about flight. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own paper craft to take home. In addition, 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.

The free hands-on Aerospace Adventure will allow participants to build their own paper napkin parachute from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the second building.

Chief Nursing Officer from The Center for Aerospace Nursing Excellence, Scott Rhoades, will make two special presentations describing his experience with freefall aboard a parabolic flight, such as those used to train astronauts. The first presentation will begin at 11 a.m. and will repeat at 1:30 p.m.

The event is free and visitors of all ages may participate in these STEM-related activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at 937-255-4646 for additional information.

The MathAlive!, a highly entertaining, interactive traveling exhibit that allows visitors to experience math in action, is also still available. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit is located in the Cold War Gallery and includes more than 40 immersive experiences.

Story courtesy of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Story courtesy of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.