Scenes from the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow

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The weekend of Sept. 23 and 24, the Space Foundation participated in Colorado’s Pikes Peak Regional Airshow, offering hands-on STEM activities for children at its booth in the KidZone.

The activities were designed by the Space Foundation education team to introduce children of all ages and skill levels to basic concepts of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The booth activities included:

  • “How Rockets Work” demo, showing simple chemical reactions that create “rocket power”
  • 3D printer demonstrations
  • Making puff rockets
  • An engineering design station, using Strawbees to create a variety of shapes, frameworks and structures
  • A solar system bookmark bead project

The Space Foundation activity booth also had drawings and coupons for discounted admission to the Space Foundation Discovery Center, the Pikes Peak region’s only public space, science and technology center, offering formal and informal STEM-related educational exhibits and programs.

The Space Foundation had a second booth in the concession area, selling fun space-themed items, including toys, books, games and posters. Sales from the booth benefited Space Foundation education programs.

In spite of cold temperatures, rain and heavy cloud cover parts of both days, the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, as well as aerobatic teams and more than 30 vintage aircraft.

Learn more about visiting the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs and about Space Foundation STEM education outreach programs here.

This article is part of Space Watch: October 2017 (Volume: 16, Issue: 10).

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