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Students: Get Ready to Blast Off and Explore Space During EAA Space Week on Nov. 29-Dec. 3

 EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Nov. 5, 2010) — Educators have the opportunity to introduce students to the wonders of space exploration during EAA Space Week from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Daily educational activities throughout the week are designed to introduce students in grades 3-8 to the science and wonder of space exploration. Exciting and educational activities take place each day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including:

  • Pop Rocket (grades 3-5): Students create their own “pop rocket” out of soda bottles and drinking straws, and launch them through “black holes” as well as to distant planets and galaxies, calculating how far the rocket flew with each launch. This activity also encompasses an up-close view of EAA’s multimedia space exhibit, which includes a full-size reproduction of SpaceShipOne.
  • Star Gazer Exploration (grades 3-8): Students learn about constellations, how to locate them during various times of year, and how they were used in ancient navigation. Students construct a star finder and a sky wheel to take home. Each participating class also receives year-long access to either K-3 Space® or Interactive Applets.
  • Rocket Car (grades 6-8): Students create their own “rocket car” powered by a balloon while learning about Newton’s Three Laws: inertia, acceleration and “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This activity also encompasses an up-close view of EAA’s multimedia space exhibit, which includes a full-size reproduction of SpaceShipOne.

“Students will enjoy learning about space exploration in the setting that EAA’s Space Week provides,” said Bob Campbell, EAA’s Manager of Museum Operations and Resident Education. “These activities will inspire students to be creative and innovative, which they apply in their science work as well as other areas of study.”

Cost of each activity is $5.25 per student. For more information and to make class reservations, call (920) 426-6880 or e-mail museum@eaa.org. 

The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Images of the previous Space Week activities are available at EAA’s FTP website:
http://media.eaa.org          Username: eaamedia        Password: airventure2011

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