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Science Saturday -Why Things Fly

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Why Things Fly

  • When: Sat., April 6, 2024 • 1–3pm
  • Drop off: Discovery Center at Water’s Edge 4505 Pulaski Hwy., Belcamp, MD 21017 
  • Cost: $20, includes class and material fee as well as take home kit
  • Registration can be found in Click here link
  • Max Availability: 16
  • Grade: 6-8

     The Wright Brother made the first real powered flight just 100 years ago. Today NASA is planning to send astronauts to the Moon again and then Mars. Do you know how things fly? We see it every day, you just have to go to the airport and get on a plane. How do wings work and help lift the plane into the air? How does a Mars reentry vehicle slow down and land safely in the Martian atmosphere? These are some of the science questions which can be asked and will be answered in “Why Things Fly”.

    This session will provide the science behind how a wing works, airplanes and helicopters fly, a reentry vehicle slows down, and a parachute descends. How drones work and a demonstration is also planned. You will fly a balloon helicopter, build a paper airplane and fly it through a target, design a descent system for a Mars Capsule and learn how an airplane is balanced in flight. There will be both theory explained, and experiments performed.

    Please note, admission to the Discovery Center is not included in the price of this Science Saturday.

    Register now!

    Additional information on Science Saturday-Why Things Fly found below.

About the Discovery Center at Water’s Edge

Did you know that high-speed photography was invented at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)? That the first computer, the ENIAC, was created and operated at APG?  That every bomb-sniffing dog can trace its roots to APG? How about the world’s first emails being sent via the ARPANet?

We have an incredible brain-trust at APG that for 100 years has developed world-changing technology for soldiers and civilians. The Discovery Center at Water’s Edge leverages this brain trust for the benefit of the public, particularly our students who must be STEM literate to succeed today.


April 6
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Discovery Center at Water’s Edge
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Discovery Center at Waters Edge
4505 Pulaski Hwy
Belcamp, MD 21017
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(410) 417-7116
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