Space Fest Invades Dayton this Weekend: Riverside Research to Beam Aboard

Dayton, Ohio – Calling all stargazers and aspiring astronauts, astronomers, and astrophysicists to the National Museum of the US Air Force on Saturday, May 4 for Dayton’s annual Space Fest. Mark your calendars for a full day of family-friendly space-related activities, including a sneak peek inside NASA’s first space shuttle crew compartment trainer, guest appearances and autograph sessions with active and former astronauts, a special performance by the US Air Force Band of Flight’s Wright Brass ensemble, an inflatable Space Shuttle Slide and Space Camp Bounce House for the kids, and so much more. Visitors might even encounter some extra-terrestrials!

Riverside Research Lends Support to this STEM Experience
“Riverside Research is proud to join the Dayton Challenger Learning Center and more than 20 other participating organizations in making Space Fest a truly ‘out-of-this-world’ event for the Wright-Patterson community and the Dayton region as a whole,” said Ernest Pennington, Vice President, Community Outreach and Special Projects. “With so much to experience, Space Fest provides a great hands-on environment to showcase just how much fun STEM really is.”

Attendees who visit the Riverside Research exhibit will have the opportunity to explore space-related scenarios embedded within the company’s electronic textbooks (e-Texts): (1) Remote Sensing: A View Through Mechanical Eyes; (2) Geodesy: The Dynamic Earth; and (3) a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-released Introduction to Air Traffic Control: Airspace Applications.

“Students at the college level all the way down to middle school are using our e-Texts to learn about earth sciences, remote sensing, and other aspects of STEM by interacting with these learning materials as they would a computer game,” said Dr. Andrew Shepherd, Collegiate and STEM Programs Manager. “By solving math problems in our Geodesy e-Text and watching NASA’s Space Transportation System successfully reenter the earth’s atmosphere in an interactive simulation, students can see the direct application of math and science in the real world. That’s an exciting thing for everyone – teachers, students, and parents alike.”