National Engineers Week celebration with a weekend full of family events
SEATTLE, Feb. 1, 2009--On Feb. 13 and 14 The Museum of Flight celebrates the 55th annual National Engineers Week. Learn how ideas are made into reality through engineering. Discover exciting career opportunities throughout the entire span of engineering fields. Cheer local high school students in a battle to build the best-and least breakable-Popsicle stick bridge. Hear about the legendary flying boat, the Boeing 314, from the people who helped design and fly this icon of 1930s air travel. Enjoy all of this and the largest scale model show in the Pacific Northwest.
Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair
Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Side Gallery
On Saturday, Feb.13 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Museum of Flight and the Puget Sound Engineering Council host an Engineering Fair that features the entire span of engineering disciplines. Learn about the exciting opportunities in engineering careers from representatives from the local chapters of national engineering societies. Several university engineering departments and student clubs will also be participating. The fair will be in the Museum's Side Gallery. Admission is free to this event only; tickets are required for other Museum exhibits and events.
NorthWest Scale Modelers Show
Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Great Gallery
Experience the world in-miniature at the Northwest Scale Modelers Show Feb. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Themed "History in Miniature - From T-Rex to Star Trek" this year's show will feature a walk through world history with everything from models of dinosaurs and cavemen to sailing ships, early aircraft, vintage cars, modern tanks and futuristic space vehicles. The event displays hundreds of detailed scale model aircraft, cars, tanks and trucks and more. It is the largest model show in the Pacific Northwest. The show and is free with admission to the Museum.
NorthWest Scale Modelers Club members will be on-hand all weekend to answer questions about the fascinating hobby of plastic scale modeling. Children age 6 and up are invited to learn the art of modeling during free "Make and Take" workshops sponsored by Galaxy Hobby and Skyway Model Shop. NorthWest Scale Modelers members will be on hand to help children build a scale aircraft model to take home. Workshops are on both days and are first-come, first-serve. Each child should have an adult helper.
14th Annual Popsicle Bridge Contest
Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 a.m. - Noon, William M. Allen Theater
The Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers will hold the 15th Annual Popsicle Bridge Contest Feb. 13 in the William M. Allen Theater. For the competition, teams of local high school students will bring bridges they built that are strong, efficient, aesthetically pleasing and made of only Popsicle sticks and white glue. After the initial judging, each bridge is brought into the auditorium where cheering fans and foes watch it tested to the breaking point with a hydraulic press. The winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m. The event is free with Museum admission.
Pan Am and the Boeing Model 314
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Hear about the design, construction and operation of the Boeing Model 314, the last of the airlines great flying boats. Following a brief historical overview, a panel of Pan Am veteran will recall their experiences of the flying boat era. Engineer Robert Blake, Capt. Herb Stevenson, Capt. Larry Bendlebury and Flight Engineer John Anderson will discuss the logistics, operations and flying of the Boeing 314 and other big flying boats. After the presentation and Q&A session, they will be available for signing Pan Am memorabilia.
The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing displays 28 World War I and World War II aircraft from the United States and other countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan. Over 30 aircraft representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide educational and entertaining activities for young children. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs--the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only air and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org