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The Air Zoo’s Discovery Series is a compilation of events and activities, created with a few specific things in mind for a multi-generational audience – inspiration, education, opportunity, and entertainment! The team at the Air Zoo has inspired youthful imaginations across the region for nearly a decade and has found that the desire for inspiration, education and engagement really spans all ages. From simply outstanding to world-famous, you will find an array of inspiring programs and remarkable humans in the Air Zoo’s Discovery Series. From engineers, scientists and aviators, to change-makers and trend-setters, you are sure to find programs, speakers and subjects that ignite your imagination and speak to your interest. Join us, and be inspired as you mingle with featured aerospace pioneers from across the globe!


Sydney Hamilton

Saturday, October 1, 2022 
Family Friendly Stomp Rocket Challenge - Drop in 11am-3pm | Science Floor Shows at noon and 2pm | Included with admission

Adult Only Aerospace Camp (21+) - 6:30-9pm | Tickets: $25/member & $30/general, each


Sydney Hamilton always wanted to fly. So, it's no surprise that she now works for the Boeing Company, on an advance design team utilizing the latest technology and innovation in design, as an Aerospace Structures, Stress Engineering Manager in Long Beach, CA.

She has analyzed the first commercial aircraft with folding wing tips (777X plane), additively manufactured (3D printed) parts for spacecrafts and is currently the Responsible Engineering Authority for reflectors on satellites. In an industry where less than 5 percent the work force are African American women, Sydney is proud to continue breakdown barriers and pave the way for the next generation of leaders. Sydney was notably named an IF/Then Ambassador for the American Association of the Advancement of Science in 2019; whose mission is to encourage middle school girls to pursue STEM.

Two exciting Discovery Series Events - Saturday October 1

Stomp Rocket Engineering Challenge

From 11am – 3pm, join Sydney in the Stomp Rocket Engineering Challenge! Build, test and refine your rocket and see how far you can launch it in this hands-on activity for suitable for all ages. Sydney will also be sharing her knowledge in two 30 minutes interactive Science Floor Shows at 12pm and 2pm. The rocket challenge and floor shows are included with Air Zoo admission.

Adult Aerospace Camp

In the evening, 6:30pm – 9pm, the Air Zoo will be kid free for an Adult Only Aerospace Camp. This 21+ event will have a bar, snacks and a special engineering project designed for adults. Sydney will work with individuals and teams as they program robots for competition. Ticket holders will also be able to ride the Air Zoo’s rides and simulators (kid free), before the event. Spots are limited – get your tickets now!

Join us, Saturday October 1, for these exciting opportunities to meet Sydney and learn now her work is shrinking the globe and her mission to teach and expose underrepresented youth more about STEAM!

Want to see who you have missed? Check out our Discovery Series Archive!

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