Interactive exhibits, activities for kids of all ages, and booths from major companies and government agencies, such as Flight Path Learning Center and Museum, Goodyear, Boeing, and more, will be in the spotlight on Sunday, Nov. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Day of Discovery event at Loyola Marymount University.
This community event, a partnership between LAX Community Relations and Loyola Marymount University, was created to inspire and educate children, teenagers, and adults about science and the fun of aviation and aerospace.
“LMU is the launching pad of global imagination, making our campus the ideal location for an event that captures the joy of discovery and inspires creativity,” said LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D. “We have and will continue to educate thought leaders who spur innovation in the aerospace and aviation industries. This Day of Discovery may cultivate a lifelong passion for learning and exploration, catalyze a career interest as a pilot or engineer, or spark the next world-changing idea.”
LAWA CEO Deborah Flint said, “With so many aviation and aerospace companies in our backyard, Day of Discovery has become the perfect event to showcase innovations in these fields while offering a great community and family-friendly experience. We are happy to partner with Loyola Marymount on this celebration designed to educate, inspire and explore.”
The day’s events include an aerospace and aviation expo, breakout sessions on aviation, and aerospace-related topics. New this year is a STEM Challenge, sponsored by Boeing, where junior high and high school students will work alongside Boeing engineers and LMU mechanical engineering students on a hands-on science project.
This year’s keynote address will be given by Anna Fisher, M.D., a Los Angeles native and 38-year veteran with NASA and the first mother to fly in space.
Fisher served as a mission specialist aboard the orbiter Discovery during the second of its 39 missions in November 1984. The mission is noted as the first space salvage mission when the crew retrieved two satellites. The mission completed 127 earth orbits and Fisher logged a total of 192 hours in space.
The event will take place in University Hall. Admission, parking and lunch to those attending.