LAKELAND, Florida – SUN ‘n FUN and the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) are hosting the annual Aerospace Discovery Weekend, a three-day aerospace adventure complete with a flight opportunity, from Oct. 21-23, 2016.
This year, ACE will offer $10 admission to Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 participants.
Activities throughout the day include, but aren’t limited to:
- A flight opportunity to anyone ages 8-17 who registers for the event before Oct. 14;
- Design and launch a rocket;
- Flight simulator experience;
- Solar and Stellar Exploration;
- Admission to the Official Aviation Museum in the State of Florida: Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum.
On Saturday at 7 p.m., guests will receive the opportunity to hear Astronaut Greg Johnson speak. Johnson graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1984, and flew in 34 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. He served as the pilot on Space Shuttle Endeavor in the STS-123 mission to space. He also piloted the shuttle’s last mission in May 2011. Among his numerous awards, Johnson received the 2012 NASA Exceptional Service Medal as well as the award for the Top U.S. Air Force Test Pilot.
Richele Floyd, Educational Director at ACE believes the experiences children and young adults will receive during this event are exceptional.
“Aerospace Discovery Weekend is an educational event full of activities that introduce kids to all aspects of aviation,” said Richele Floyd, Educational Director at ACE. “Activities including wing rib building (engineering), rocketry, meeting an astronaut, and receiving that first flight opportunity.”
To register for the event, go to FlySnF.org