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Students: Get Ready to Blast Off and Explore Space During EAA Space Week on Nov. 28 - Dec. 2

November 7, 2011Educators have the opportunity to introduce students to the wonders of space exploration during EAA Space Week from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 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 a.m. to 1 p.m., including:

  • Houston … We May Have An Omelet (grades 3-5): Students will work in pairs to design and build a vehicle to protect an “eggstronaut” from the perils of re-entry. The ultimate test will be to see whose eggstronaut survives the giant drop. This activity will also include a close-up view of EAA’s multimedia space exhibit, which includes a full-size reproduction of SpaceShipOne.
  • Strange New Planets / Space Odyssey (grades 3-8): Students will embark upon a journey of discovery as they investigate a strange new planet and learn about the importance of planning when preparing for a mission. Using Earth-bound reconnaissance and observations, students will work in teams to observe and record everything they notice about this planet. The adventure continues all year long as students continue to excel through bringing Space Explorers’ educational programs back to their respective schools.
  • Stomp Into Space (grades 6-8): Students will create their own stomp rocket. They will analyze various systems and identify the ways in which they are controlled to produce a desired outcome, identify potential sources of failure in a system, determine measurement directly using standard units, and explain the motion of objects by describing the forces acting on them.

“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.

About EAA AirVenture Museum

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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