Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 2012: To Soar and To Serve: Aviation in the Albemarle

Look to the Skies on April 28 for
To Soar and To Serve: Aviation in the Albemarle

Elizabeth City, NC — Port Discover and the Museum of the Albemarle presents To Soar and To Serve: Aviation in the Albemarle on Saturday April 28 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. at the Museum of the Albemarle. The daylong celebration spotlights the history and science of the region’s rich aviation history, with a special focus on the United States Coast Guard. The event is part of the 2012 North Carolina Science Festival.

Events during the day will include: a remote control plane showcase by the River City Remote Control Club; exhibits and demonstrations by NASA Langley; displays by the Elizabeth City State University Aviation Science Program; the College of the Albemarle Aircraft Maintenance Technology Program, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Regional Airport, and the Civil Air Patrol.

Students and teachers from Northside Elementary School and Central Elementary School, who have participated in the Civil Air Patrol’s ACE (Aerospace Connections in Education) program, will showcase what they have learned during the year. The day will feature hands-on activities throughout the day, including bottle rocket demonstrations. A highlight of the day will be the Search and Rescue Demonstration by the United States Coast Guard, scheduled for 3:00 pm on the Pasquotank River.

To Soar and To Serve: Aviation in the Albemarle complements the Out of the Blue: Coast Guard Aviation exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle and Getting Off the Ground, the aviation education program at Port Discover, made possible by a grant from Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation.

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.

Port Discover is located at 611 East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The science center’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Programs can be arranged at other times for special groups. For more information, call 252-338-6117 or www.portdiscover.org.

Port Discover is a community-based, non-profit organization, established to enhance the public’s understanding and enjoyment of science through engaging programs, activities, and exhibits. Elizabeth City State University along with the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce initiated the project that has attracted broad community support, including Elizabeth City Morning Rotary, College of The Albemarle, Albemarle Hospital, Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. Port Discover is also a member of the NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative.

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