If you've ever wanted to learn more about aerospace, airplane construction and in-flight technologies, your chance is coming early next year.
Boeing South Carolina, Evergreen Exhibitions, NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are teaming up for Above and Beyond — The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition in downtown Charleston.
The recently opened Charleston Gaillard Center will be transformed into an interactive, hands-on aerospace playground. The exhibition will include a multitouch timeline, an immersive video experience and interactive simulations and design activities.
Visitors will be able to take a simulated ride in a space elevator, equip and launch a drone, design and test-fly a supersonic jet and experience flight as a bird through an avatar-based motion-capture experience, according to a news release from Boeing.
The exhibit is part of Boeing’s 100th birthday celebration. It kicked off in August at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Beverly Wyse, Boeing South Carolina general manager and vice president, said she is excited the exhibit will visit Charleston.
“Promoting STEM education to South Carolina students is one of our most important goals, and this monthlong exhibit will inspire children — and adults — to learn more about aerospace and explore science, engineering and technology as potential career paths,” Wyse said in a news release.
The exhibit is open to all ages but is designed for kids ages 7 to 14.