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August 23, 2023

Flint Hills Discovery Center to host free Aerospace Day Saturday, Aug. 26

Submitted by Callie Hobkirk

Flint Hills Discovery Center logo. Aerospace Day, Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE admission sponsored by NASA. FREE Stem Education. FREE STEM activity kit for the first 500 kids. Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus l

The Flint Hills Discovery Center is partnering with Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus to bring the high-tech world of aviation to Manhattan. Blast off at Aerospace Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. 

This event features fun science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, activities for kids who embrace the world of aviation and space flight. Thanks to a grant from NASA, admission to the Discovery Center and all activities are free on this day.

At Aerospace Day, youth of all ages are invited to:

  • Pilot a flight simulator.
  • Design and launch rockets.
  • Fly state-of-the-art drones.
  • Perform flight experiments.
  • Create Balsa wood gliders.
  • Meet pilots and engineers.
  • Explore model airplanes.
  • Learn the history of NASA.
  • View and touch real aviation artifacts.
  • Watch model Harry Potter Snitches fly.
  • See the Mission Aerospace temporary exhibit. 

The first 500 kids will receive a free STEM activity kit.

The event will feature various K-State student groups, including the Minorities in Aerospace and Technology Club, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.

Additional partners include the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, the University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering program, DoD Kansas STARBASE, the Combat Air Museum of Topeka, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Flint Hills Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1364, Spirit AeroSystems and Olsson Engineering.

Food trucks will include The Grill to Go and Jinzy Co Food Truck from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Scarecrow Snowcones from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunny 102.5 will be on location with a live remote from 10 a.m. to noon.