Are you ready for some football, wings and creativity? The Centerville Destination Imagination STEM-based program is having a fundraiser ALL DAY Monday, Sept. 30 at the Centerville Buffalo Wild Wings in the Sugarcreek Plaza, 6210 Wilmington Pike, (937) 848-2999. Support the DI program while cheering the Bengals vs. Steelers on Monday Night Football!
Centerville Destination Imagination is a STEAM-based program that helps provide opportunities for students to explore and discover their unlimited creative potential through teamwork, cooperation, and mutual respect while processing real-life problem solving challenges.
DIne in or carry out at La Pinata (Centerville location only) and this increDIble program will receive 25% of sales when you print and present the flyer!
Past winners have included Dayton aviation writers, Howard R. DuFour, Fred Fisk and Marlin Todd, Melba Hunt and Mary Ann Johnson, a founding member of Aviation Trail, Ralph Dull Homestead, Dr. and Mrs. James Stewart, Mr. Walter Hoy and Mr. Stephen Frey. Organizations that have been honored are The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program in the Dayton Area, the Affiliate Societies of Dayton for TechFest, the Wright “B” Flyer organization, Team Ohio Rocket Club, Air Camp, Mound Science and Energy Museum Association and the Dayton Regional STEM Center’s Science Saturday.
The Engineers Club mission is to foster the advancement of business, education, engineering and science, and to promote the professional development of its members. The Engineers Club offers individual memberships, including special memberships for students and non-residents, as well as corporate and group memberships. More information is available at http://www.engineersclub.org/.
TechFestTM 2019 will be on held Saturday, February 16, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, February 17, 11 am – 5 pm. It will at the David Ponitz Center (Building 12) at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio 45402 (GPS Setting: 301 West Fourth Street, Dayton, Ohio)
Youth K-12 and their families in the Greater Dayton/Miami Valley are invited to have FREE family fun with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at TechFestTM. Youth and their parents can explore many facets of STEM together. TechFest does not cost the families anything. The purpose is to inspire youth to study math and science in their school environment and have a career exploration experience. Advance Registration is not required.
Hands-on interactive exhibits that are demonstrated by practicing scientists and engineers. TechFest typically has approximately 70 exhibits from professional societies, colleges, universities, businesses, parks, museums, and Wright-Paterson Air Force Base. The central focus on exhibits is in building 12, often with others in buildings 11 and/or 13 and occasionally, outside. The wide range of topics includes but is not limited to biology, life sciences, chemistry, physics, aviation, electricity, manufacturing, weather, space, environmental science, computer technology, computer simulation, computer games, optics, math, civil engineering, project management, safety, technology of public safety, and more. Additionally, there are a computer museum and the National Engineering and Science Hall of Fame. Youth and their parents can ask questions of these people about their job, their career, the subjects that they needed to study, and what they like about their chosen fields. This is particularly valuable for youth in middle school and high school who need to be preparing themselves to enter a career.
There are also stage demonstrations and presentations on STEM topics. TechFest typically will have approximately 10 presenters including scientists and engineers who will make scheduled entertaining and informative presentations during the week-end agenda. “Info-tainment” presentations include: piloting an F16; Math, Magic and Mystery, Thomas Edison, Christopher Columbus, chemistry, waves sciences all around us, Inventing a 3-D printer, and more.
Once again the Engineers Club of Dayton has taught technical Merit Badges to 12 different troops from Montgomery, Greene and Clark Counties represented by 27 Scouts BSA members. Since 2012 we have taught such subjects as Astronomy, Aviation, Composite Materials, Digital Technology, Electronics, Electricity, Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science, Inventing, Nuclear Science, Space Exploration, and Sustainability along with Geology, Robotics, Radio, and Weather which have been taught in previous years. All in all, we have taught over 150 scouts and they have earned nearly 300 merit badges. We are proud of the fact that in previous years we have had scouts from Kentucky and West Virginia to earn Merit Badges here because they were not offered at their troop’s location.
While the Club typically teaches in the building at 110 East Monument Avenue, we have gone to various sites around the Dayton Area such as the local Rocket Club’s site on a farm in Greene County for a rocket launch required by Space Exploration Merit Badge, the National Museum of the Air Force for the Aviation Merit Badge. We typically teach over 6 weeks starting in late October and ending the weekend after Thanksgiving.
We have worked with the Miami Valley Council BSA, representing the Sunwatch and Wright Brothers districts, north and south of Dayton. The Council has notified the troops of our ability to teach the technical merit badges. Our Merit Badge leader is Dr. Charles Bleckmann who has had many meetings and conversations with the Council making sure we meet all the Scouts requirement for teaching the merit badges as well as having interactions with the scouts.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force visitors will be cleared for liftoff when the museum’s new Space Shuttle Exhibit opens to the public on Feb. 26.
The exhibit, which features NASA’s first Crew Compartment Trainer, allows visitors to experience the size and shape of an actual space shuttle orbiter by entering the payload bay and looking into the flight deck and mid-deck levels.
Following the arrival of the Crew Compartment trainer in summer 2012, work began on the design and construction of a full-scale representation of a NASA shuttle payload bay, engine, and tail sections, along with a 60-seat dedicated educational area or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning Node, by Display Dynamics, Inc. of Clayton, Ohio.
These portions of the exhibit, along with visitor observation and access structures, have been completed and the Teal Ruby satellite has been placed inside the payload bay. In addition, space-related videos will be available for viewing in the STEM Learning Node (when it is not in use for other scheduled programs).
Future plans call for the museum to continue populating the exhibit with additional artifacts such as space suits and provide interpretive information about topics such as astronauts, space science, living in space, and the Air Force’s role in space. Eventually, the exhibit will be moved to a new Space Gallery in the museum’s fourth building as part of a multi-phase, long-term expansion plan to house the museum’s growing space collection, as well as the Presidential Aircraft Gallery, Research & Development Gallery and Global Reach Gallery.
According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, the exhibit is truly unique and will serve as an important educational tool.
“We are very pleased to open this one-of-a-kind Space Shuttle Exhibit and STEM Learning Node, and we thank Display Dynamics, Inc. for their hard work in helping us make these structures a reality,” Hudson said. “This exhibit will inspire us all to learn more about space and the role of our Air Force in space, and we hope that when you visit – whether that be in-person or online – it will inspire you, too, and become one of the vehicles that launches a new generation of Americans who are well-educated about space and STEM.”
Other components of the Space Shuttle Exhibit include two interactive space shuttle landing simulators, which were added last summer and allow visitors to test their skill at landing a space shuttle orbiter. Designed by Historic Space Systems of Danville, Ohio, the simulators are representative of a space shuttle commander’s and pilot’s stations, and feature a reproduction of the forward portion of the space shuttle flight deck with internal cockpit dimensions that replicate its actual size.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service’s national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story from the beginning of military flight to today’s war on terrorism. It is free to the public and features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year more than one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Some museum exhibits have special hours. The 8th Air Force Control Tower andNissen Hut, located in the Air Park, are open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from January through March (closed Monday through Thursday) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily April through December.
The Presidential and R&D Galleries are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Click here for requirements on visiting those galleries, which are located on the controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
Story by Rob Bardua
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force