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Family Science Fest - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Included with paid admission to the Museum of Flight

2012 SE Robotics Competition

The Space Elevator Conference presents the fourth annual Family Science Fest on Saturday, August 23. This day-long, family-friendly event has something for everyone and you’ll have the entire museum to explore, top to bottom. Local companies, organizations, schools and universities will offer hands-on activities, displays and demonstrations with the focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Roam the museum’s Side Gallery and watch teams compete in a special robotics competition; visit Robot Alley and the Gadget Gallery; participate in a special STEM Scavenger Hunt; learn about the Space Elevator and its importance to mankind at Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations. This event is included in the Museum of Flight admission price. Return to this page often for updates on participating exhibitors and new activities. If you or your organization has an exhibit or an interactive activity that you would like to see at the Family Science Fest, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Space Elevator Family Science Fest

Location:  Museum of Flight
Date:  Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time:  10 AM to 5 PM  
Cost:  Included with Museum of Flight admission, no registration is required for these events (except for teams competing in the Robotics Challenge)

Planned activities include:

  • Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations (tentative times)
    • 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM SE 101 -  An Introduction to the Space Elevator
    • 12:40 PM – 1:00 PM SE 101 Q&A
    • 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM SE 201 - Space Elevator Design Challenges and Usage Scenarios
    • 3:40 PM – 4:00 PM SE 201 Q&ASecuring climber to tether
  • Robo Climb - a competition for middle- and high-school level robotics teams to build/program an autonomous, tether-climbing robot
    • The Space Elevator Youth Robotics Competition challenges students to engineer their own autonomous robotic climber capable of transporting “satellites” up a 22-foot long “elevator ribbon.” Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing teams and for innovative robot design. Grab your friends, form a team and enter this exciting competition. This is a great summer project – educational and fun.
    • Rules and registration information coming soon
    • Here is the Satellite Scale Drawing from 2013
  • Museum of Flight's "Robot Garage" - kids can explore the basic engineering skills to build a successful extra-terrestrial rover
  • "Drive a Bot" - an activity for kids to test their robot driving skills
  • LEGO Build Zone (tentative) - kids can build their own space-faring creations
  • Robot Alley - see robots from local robotics teams/clubs on display
  • Additional activities are being planned!