The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum participated in a STEM Fair, sponsored by STEMpact, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Grand Hall today. The display included a slide show of the museum’s on-site exhibits, airfoils from an aircraft wing and helicopter blade, cockpit instruments, and other items illustrating the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The morning session was attended by STEM Leaders from area schools who visited with the exhibitors from around the St. Louis and Metro East IL areas. The museum was well received by area educators who showed great interest in the aviation and space science fields of study. Many opportunities were discussed for follow-up activities in the coming year. Other organizations representing aviation and space science were Southwestern Illinois College, the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association and the Challenger Learning Center – St. Louis.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a large group of Scouts and general public youth for Young Eagle Flights and presentations by local experts in various sectors of aviation. The annual Youth in Aviation Day involves over 100 Scouts working on their Aviation Merit Badge and serves as a major Young Eagle Rally at St. Louis Downtown Airport. During the day, the Scouts and airport residents were treated to a visit from a Bell 47 and a takeoff by USMC Harrier jets. Thanks to the Scout members, museum staff, EAA Chapter 64 volunteer pilots and Ideal Aviation for making this another successful event. (Photos by Museum President, Mark Nankivil)