University of Maryland Chapter supports DC Public Night at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
5 months ago
On March 15, 2019, the University of Maryland student chapter supported the District of Columbia Public Schools Family Night at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (NASM) in the nation's capital. Since 2018, NASM has opened its doors for a special evening of STEM enrichment to local K-8th grade students and their chaperones, which totaled to almost 1,200 attendees this year. Graduate students from Maryland's Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center demonstrated how a simple helicopter two-bladed "rotor" can be made from construction paper, and helped the students test their design by dropping it from a small step ladder. Attendees also learned about the aerospace engineering program at the University of Maryland, and career possibilities in the vertical flight industry.