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Dinosaurs, rockets and space coming to Big Oak Park Saturday

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The Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation is hosting a day for families to come learn about dinosaurs and space Saturday at Big Oak Park in Smyrna.

From learning about the planets on a planetary walk to looking at life-like dinosaurs, the Aerospace Education Foundation has a day planned filled with hands-on learning.

DASEF president Stephanie Wright says she’s hoping it is something entire families and young children can enjoy. She says she wants children to understand how life on Earth has changed over billions of years.

“Young people can see how we start one place and end up in another, but that we go through a lot of technology and engineering to get to that place,” Wright said.

More than 2,000 people visited the foundation at Big Oak Park for August’s partial solar eclipse.  Wright says she hopes to capitalize on that attention and bring people back to learn about dinosaurs and the galaxy.

“We are definitely family-based, teacher based, education based, and just trying to enhance the curriculum for the state of Delaware and enhance experiences for families so children are inspired to get into fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Wright said.

Some of this weekend’s activities include rocket launching demonstrations and walking through a maze to learn about the different dinosaur periods. Moon rocks and meteors from NASA will be on display. Volunteers will be dressed as characters from the 501st Legion and DASEF encourages visitors to dress as their favorite Star Wars character as well.

The event runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation is located at 585 Big Oak Park Rd. in Smyrna.

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