OLLI Programs

The Air Zoo is proud to be included in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University, also know as OLLI. This program was designed by WMU emeriti, faculty, and staff to meet the needs and provide educational opportunities for mature adults. The purpose of the Institute is to: Provide intellectual and cultural stimulation, personal growth, and social engagement for adults in an informal, lively, learning atmosphere. Enrich and extend the quality of life for participants. Create an academy of learners who can share what they have learned and experienced during their lives. Experience what so many have learned at over 400 lifelong learning programs at colleges and universities around the world.

November 4 | 10-noon | @the Air Zoo

Rocketry - Getting to the Moon

How did the United States win the "Space Race" and land two men on the surface of the Moon after trailing the Soviet Union for years? During "Rocketry: Getting to the Moon," students will tour the new "Apollo 11" exhibit, discover the secrets of the American space program and relive the excitement of July 20, 1969, when the Eagle landed at Tranquility Base. They will learn the basics of rocket science as they build and launch their own take-home rocket over 300 feet! The Air Zoo is one of the nation's premier, hands-on, indoor aerospace and science education centers. Housing one of the largest collections of rare aircraft, spacecraft, and science, military, and aerospace artifacts in the U.S., the Air Zoo combines interactive and educational experiences with once-in-a-lifetime activities, including interactive exhibits, full-motion flight simulators, and a movie theater.


Instructor: Erin Lewis

Space is limited. Registration must be done through WMU.

Fees: Member $25, Nonmember $35

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