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Airborne School Family Workshop Ready for Take-Off

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Airborne SchoolLocal families looking forward to attending the upcoming WWII AirPower Expo 2014 can get a head-start in learning all about the important role played by the American air forces in WWII with the “Airborne School Family Workshop” this Saturday, October 18.  A part of its monthly series of family programs, each Family Workshop offers fun, hands-on educational activities led by Museum staff and based around a central theme, with “Airborne School” being all about air power.

Participants in “Airborne School” will learn about the principles of flight through the handling of a real WWII reserve parachute before dropping their own smaller, action-figure-sized chutes over the Museum’s third-floor guard-rail in an attempt to hit a drop zone.  “Airborne School” attendees will also work on balsa wood gliders to learn just how difficult it is to predict their movements once aloft.

Cost to attend the “Airborne School Family Workshop” is $9 per child and free for Museum members. Regular Museum admission applies for families who wish to spend the day at the Museum.  Discount for attendees also available onsite.  Family Workshops begin at 10am and conclude at 11:30 am.

Register for the October 18 Airborne School Family Workshop.

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, November 22 and will focus on the Navy as participants learn about the science of staying afloat as they begin their journey from ‘Pollywog’ to ‘Shellback.’


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

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