Celebrate beginning of fall by learning about gravity

Published: Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 10:05 AM


            Researchers gather data for their foam experiment during a parabolic flight in 2015. Scott Rhoades, chief nursing officer from the Center for Aerospace Nursing Excellence, will discuss his experience with freefall Sept. 29 during daylong program on gravity at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (NASA photo/James Blair)
Researchers gather data for their foam experiment during a parabolic flight in 2015. Scott Rhoades, chief nursing officer from the Center for Aerospace Nursing Excellence, will discuss his experience with freefall Sept. 29 during daylong program on gravity at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (NASA photo/James Blair)

Celebrate the beginning of the fall season while learning about the force that causes falling - gravity, on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related activities and demonstrations will take place in the second and fourth buildings and will allow those of all ages to experience the concept of gravity in a variety of situations, including one station that invites participants to try on a real parachute and sit in an actual B-2 ejection seat.

“Storytime,” for preschool and primary-grade children, begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own paper craft to take home.

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Scott Rhoades, chief nursing officer from the Center for Aerospace Nursing Excellence, will make two special presentations, describing his experience with freefall aboard a special flight, such as those used to train astronauts. These presentations will take place in the STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

All activities are free and open to the public. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at 937-255-4646 for additional information.

Some materials for the program are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 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 19 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.

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