ScienceWorks takes flight with aviation event

ScienceWorks Museum invites people to explore the science of flight by experiencing all things that fly June 19 and 20.

The community wide event takes place on ScienceWorks' field and in the museum, 1500 E. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19 and noon to 5 p.m. June 20.

Participating aviation experts participating include Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Sky Research, Jarel Aircraft Design, Brim Aviation, Erickson Air Crane, Siskiyou Smoke Jumpers, Wildlife Images, Civil Air Patrol, Daybreak Ballooning and Rogue Valley Hang Gliders and Paragliders.

On the field, visitors will get to see real helicopters up close, fly radio-controlled aircraft and take aerial photos from a real unmanned aircraft. A hot air balloon pilot will teach the principles of hot air balloon flight, showing the basket gondola and burner set up. Instructors will discuss hang glider and paraglider aerodynamics and demonstrate the sport of kiting. Kids can see how high in the sky they can launch bottle rockets.

Inside the museum the Civil Air Patrol and science educators offer aviation activities, hands-on opportunities to learn about model wartime aircraft, a World War II pilot re-enactor and opportunities to make and launch paper airplanes, rockets and helicopters in the Take Flight exhibit.

A former smokejumper from the Siskiyou Smokejumpers Base south of Cave Junction will be available on Sunday with historic photos and exhibits from the days when men battled forest fires by jumping out of planes to reach remote locations.

Wildlife Images will teach about live birds, the original flight experts, in the ScienceWorks' theater on Saturday at 1 p.m. A live owl, hawk and eagle will be on site to see up close. Teens and young adults are invited to meet and ask questions of pilots and others with interesting aviation careers.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, James DiRienzo, a professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Tom Larson, a pilot for United Airlines and Ryan Davol, a helicopter pilot from Brim Aviation will be on hand to talk one-on-one about what it is like to be a pilot and at 4 p.m. they will give a presentation.

ScienceWorks Museum is a science center featuring more than 100 exhibits, themed weekends, and ongoing educational, science programs for all ages. The admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12 & Adults 65 or older. For information, call 541-482-6767 or visit

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