Family Day to highlight satellites, GPS functions

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Learn about the fascinating world of satellites – both natural and man-made – while taking a close look at how GPS works through fun demos and hands-on activities 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Visitors can learn why satellites spin, how a GPS unit works, how an object orbits the planet and play a version of skee ball that demonstrates the path of an object in orbit.

Several special presentations on satellites are also being offered. At 11:30 a.m., visitors are invited to the STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery to hear about spy satellites and at 1:30 p.m. to hear about weather satellites. Both presentations will last about 45 minutes each.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to hear a story about Sammy the Satellite and make their own paper craft.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit or call the Education Division at 937-255-4646.