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June 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Gull flying, with plane visible far above
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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Both!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

For elementary-schoolers: Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Experience helps us discover the similarities between animal and machine while exploring the story of human flight.

Discover the similarities between animal and machine!

It’s a’s a plane...actually, it’s both! Educators from Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Experience in Michigan will help us look at avian flight, while exploring the story of human flight.

Dive into avian adaptations, and find out how birds’ bodies are specially adapted for flight, how the shape of their beak helps them catch specific food, and how they survive in different climates. Then, compare these adaptations to the adaptations of other animals, like the aye aye (a long-fingered lemur), the white-tailed deer, and more!

Can you adapt an animal of your choice to help it thrive in a brand-new environment?

Part of our Summer Reading Program event series for Elementary-Schoolers.

This is a hands-on experience! Please gather the following items and have them ready.

  • Paper  
  • Pencil 
  • Net or bowl and something to catch 
  • Straw and something to drink 
  • Slotted spoon or strainer, bowl with water and something to fish for, such as a bit of cereal, dry noodles, etc. 
  • Tweezers and rice 
  • Pliers or clothespin and sunflower seeds or beans 
  • Something transparent, like a drinking glass 
  • Stuffed animal
About Air Zoo
Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Experience, based in Portage and Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a world-renowned, Smithsonian-affiliated, museum with aviation, space, and hands-on science exhibits, rides and activities. Air Zoo’s mission is to preserve the legacy of flight for present and future generations.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.