Soarin’ Saturdays Shape Young Scientists at Museum

 Pima Air & Space Museum Image: pimaair.org

Pima Air & Space Museum
Image: pimaair.org

 

Real estate investor Lew McGinnis began building the foundation of his career as a young boy, when he sold eggs door-to-door. In the many years since, he has cultivated several businesses, leading him to his current real estate ventures. In addition to his professional endeavors, Lew McGinnis maintains active involvement with his community. In the past, he served as a director of the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona.

Located in Tucson, the Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest nongovernmental, privately funded aerospace museum in the world. More than 200 aircraft are displayed at its campus, providing visitors with the opportunity to view exhibits both indoors and out. In addition to the museum’s daily schedule and special events, it also hosts Soarin’ Saturdays, a program aimed at young visitors. Soarin’ Saturdays are part of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs implemented across the globe to encourage competitiveness and bolster workforce development in areas of science and technology.

Hosted monthly, Soarin’ Saturdays offer kids and accompanying parents 90-minute programs covering a variety of activities. The first Saturday of each month offers Model Airplane Make N’Take, where participants age 5 and above enjoy building their own model airplane. Second Saturdays of the month feature Imagine Rockets, where young scientists learn rocketry fundamentals, including the laws of motion, while participating in hands-on experiments. How Things Fly is offered on the third Saturday, while the fourth features the ever-popular LEGO Robotics Experience, where participants 8 and older can use computer programming to direct a LEGO robot to complete specific tasks. Another option on the fourth Saturday is Young Flyers Fun, for kids age 4 through 7. This last is repeated in an “encore performance” on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Each program is free with membership or paid admission.

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