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Airborne School Family Workshop Wins Its Wings

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Airborne School

As part of its monthly series of family programs, last Saturday The National WWII Museum hosted its Airborne School Family Workshop.  Each Family Workshop offers fun, hands-on educational activities led by Museum staff and based around a central theme.  Last Saturday’s program focused on the role played by the air war, specifically paratroopers and glider craft.

Participants in the workshop learned about the principles of flight through the handling of a WWII reserve parachute before dropping their own smaller, action-figure sized chutes over the third-floor guard-rail in an attempt to hit a drop zone.  Airborne School attendees also worked on balsa wood gliders and saw just how difficult it was to predict their movements once aloft!

Family Workshops occur on a monthly basis and are open to families with children ages of 8 – 12.

Next month’s Family Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th and will explore what a wartime holiday season would have looked like on the Home Front in the era of rationing and shortages.

Register for the December WWII Toys & Games Family Workshop.

This post by Collin Makamson, Family Programs & Outreach Coordinator @ The National WWII Museum

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