The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is hosting a free Rocket Day Wednesday, July 13, at 1 pm. The Rocket Day program lasts approximately one hour and includes presentations on rockets by representatives from NASA Glenn Research Center and Alphaport, Inc.
Participating children will build and launch their own film canister rocket. At the end of the program an Estes Model Rocket will be launched, weather permitting. The event will be held onsite at the museum, located at Burke Lakefront Airport. Rocket Day is geared toward children ages 5-14. Reservations are required for this event as space is limited. Parents are required to accompany their children to the Rocket Day program.
While at the museum families can visit the Joan L. Hrubec Aviation Education Center, the museum’s interactive aviation learning center. The Aviation Education Center is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 am – 4 pm through the summer. Activities include an Aviation Career Corner, Kitty Hawk Time Machine, Aviation Touch Wall, and a computer station. A new space activity, “In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Play,” introduces children to the issues surrounding human space travel and the future of space exploration.
As NASA prepares for the final space shuttle mission, with Atlantis scheduled to launch July 8, the museum is documenting the history of the women astronauts in the space shuttle program with the new exhibit, “Rocket Girls: Women Astronauts & the Space Shuttle.” The exhibit is open daily through Nov. 13.