It's a very busy weekend at the Museum! First, on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See the world in-miniature at the Northwest Scale Modelers Show. 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 caveman to sailing ships, early aircraft, modern tanks and futuristic space vehicles. It is the largest model show in the Pacific Northwest.
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. Workshops are first-come, first-served. Each child should have an adult helper.
The Museum and the Puget Sound Engineering Council celebrate the 54th annual National Engineers Week with an Engineering Fair on Saturday, Feb. 13. Learn about the exciting opportunities in engineering careers from representatives from the local chapters of national engineering societies. Several university departments and student clubs will also participate. Engineering fair is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free. Admission required for other Museum events and exhibits.
Also Saturday, the Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers will hold the 15th annual Popsicle Bridge Competition. Teams of local high school students have built bridges that are strong, efficient and aesthetically pleasing, while built only of Popsicle sticks and white glue. After initial judging, each bridge is tested to the breaking point with a hydraulic press. Event lasts 8 a.m.-Noon. Winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.
Finally, a panel of Pan Am veterans will recall their experiences of the grand era of the flying boats--1935-1945--during a 2 p.m. panel in the William M. Allen Theater. The panelists will discuss the history, design and operations of Pan Am's flying boats, with a focus on the Boeing 314 Clipper.
Hops and Props tickets are sold out! Hops and Props 2011 information will be announced on the Museum website as it becomes available.
In the early 1960s, a new generation of test pilots went into space in the X-15 experimental aircraft to find out the limits of human endurance. Visitors will learn about this breakthrough project that paved the way for all future space travel, then design their own experimental aircraft!
The Museum and the Puget Sound Engineering Council celebrate National Engineers week with an Engineering Fair. Local chapters of national societies representing the entire span of engineering disciplines will staff booths all day where those interested in engineering careers can learn more about the exciting opportunities available. Several university engineering departments and student clubs will also be represented. Visit www.eweek.org for more information.
15th 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 hosts a competition of bridges built using only Popsicle sticks and white glue. Each year, teams of high school students from local schools build bridges that are strong, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The bridges will be judged and tested to failure with a hydraulic press. Winners will be announced at noon.
Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., T.A. Wilson Great Gallery
See hundreds of detailed scale model aircraft, cars, spacecraft and more at the largest model show in the Pacific Northwest. This year's show will feature a walk through world history with everything from T.Rex to Star Trek. NWSM Club members will be on hand all weekend--don't miss this chance to see them at work on projects and answer all your questions about the fascinating hobby of plastic scale modeling.
Children ages 6 and up are invited to learn the art of modeling during free "Make and Take" model building workshops sponsored by Galaxy Hobby and Skyway Model Shop. Workshops are first-come, first-served. Each child should have an adult helper.
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 great flying boats. Following a brief historical overview, a panel of Pan American World Airways veterans will recall their experiences of the flying boat era. Pan Am Engineer Robert Blake, Capt. Herb Stevenson, Capt. Larry Pendlebury and Flight Engineer John Anderson will discuss the logistics, operations and flying of the Boeing 314 and other big flying boats.
Royal Aeronautical Society - Seattle Branch Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Former SR-71 Command Pilot and current Boeing Training Captain Cal Augustine will discuss his time, experience and missions flown in the "Blackbird" during his Air Force career. This informative presentation is open to Royal Aeronautical Society Members and the general public.
Bumping (Repeatedly) into the Sound Barrier--The History of the Jet Engine with Reiner Decher
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m., William M. Allen Theater
Reiner Decher, retired professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, sheds some light on the nature of the limitations on flight performance imposed by the 700-mph speed of sound.
Tip-to-Tail Tour: "In Search of Amelia Earhart" exhibit
Sunday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., T.A. Wilson Great Gallery
Join Museum docents for a tour of the "In Search of Amelia Earhart" exhibit.