Announcements

Register for 4-H Adventures in Science! Deadline is October 14

Do you have 11-13 year-olds interested in STEM careers, or who just love hands-on science activities? 4-H Science Adventures registration closes Friday, October 14. This is an on-campus STEM learning opportunity. Youth get to do fun activities and see the myriad of STEM career possibilities. The program runs on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 22 and is held at the University of Maryland College Park campus. For details and/or to register, call 301-868-9636.

Spooky Science and Halloween Treats Take Over the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host its annual “Air & Scare” Family Day from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Visitors will enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating and spooky activities for all ages at this free event.

Designed with the whole family in mind, aerospace will come alive with fun activities, all with a Halloween twist. Participants will enjoy spooky crafts, trick-or-truth stations, science experiments and treat giveaways. The Tot Zone will feature space-themed activities and a dress-up corner. Performances, including “Take a Giant Leap” by the Rainbow Puppets and “Professor Wingnut Wants To Fly” by Oran Sandel, will take place. Free showings of Casper’s Halloween Special will be offered in the Airbus IMAX Theater. Visitors will learn how to build remotely operated underwater robots with the Office of Naval Research SeaPerch Program. Everyone’s favorite Star Wars and Ghostbusters characters will be on-hand for photo opportunities, including a 21-foot-tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. This year’s newest editions to “Air & Scare” will include the Paper Scare Plane Design Challenge and the Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch, both designed for teens and tweens but open to all ages.

Please note: For security reasons, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age.

Attendees are encouraged to come in their favorite space or flight-themed costume. Admission is free, but parking is $15 until 6 p.m. Public transportation is also available via the Silver Line Metro and Fairfax Connector bus. “Air & Scare” is made possible by Mars Chocolate North America LLC. For more information and a full list of activities, visit airandspace.si.edu/airandscare.

Volunteers Needed: Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Family Festival

Call for Volunteers!

'Staging the Self:' Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day Festival
Saturday, September 13, 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Volunteers needed 10:30am-4:30pm
(full day or by shift 10:30-1:30 or 1-4:30)
Lunch will be provided for full day volunteers only.

National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum
(Kogod Courtyard)
Eighth and F Streets, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/ Chinatown

Volunteers are needed for the Smithsonian's kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this September 13th! Held in conjunction with the exhibition 'Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,' the day includes cultural performances, arts and crafts activities for all ages, bilingual gallery tours, and more. We'll need help facilitating craft activities, taking visitor surveys, and working with a team of teen videographers who are taping visitor interviews. Bilingual English-Spanish speakers are particularly welcome.

 For more information and to RSVP to volunteer, please email  saloioh@si.edu.