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Students: Get Ready to Blast Off and Explore Space During EAA Space Week on April 27-29 & May 2-4

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 4, 2011) — Educators have the opportunity to introduce students in grades 3-8 to the wonders of space exploration during EAA Space Week from April 27-29 and May 2-4 at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Each educational activity will introduce students to the science and wonder of space exploration daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including:

  • Fizzing Rockets (grades 3-5): During this activity, students experiment with Newton’s Third Law, discover all of the parts that make up a rocket, and construct and launch their very own fizzing rocket.
  • Voyage to the Moon (grades 3-8): Students participate in activities provided by Space Explorers focusing on the moon. Activities include a NASA Design Squad Challenge designed to measure how craters are formed on the moon, and an experiment that enables students to calculate how far they would be able to jump on the moon. Each participating teacher receives access to the Space Explorers website and programs for 12 months.
  • Compressed Air Rockets (grades 6-8): In this outdoor activity, students working in teams of two, design, build, and launch a Compressed Air Rocket vehicle consisting of a 20 oz. soda bottle to protect an “Eggstronaut” from the perils of reentry. The ultimate test will be to see whose “Eggstronaut” survives the blast-off. This activity provides an up-close view of the EAA multimedia space exhibit, which includes a full-size reproduction of SpaceShipOne. In case of inclement weather, the Compressed Air Rocket activity will be replaced by “Houston, We May Have An Omelet” activity.

“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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