Destination Explorations

Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF) - Destination ExplorationParent and child (or children) teams explore science and technology topics in a fun and educationa lway. Monthly adventures in discovery will be offered at the Environmental Outpost on 585 Big Oak Road Smyrna, DE 19977. Two hours in length - 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 am – with a fee of $6/person. Due to weather and other conditions beyond our control, we may, in some instances, have to substitute other activities.

The fee for the 6 hour Vacation Exploration is $35 per child.

Pay by exact change or check.
Make check payable to: “DASEF”. To sign up email your name, number of participants, and your phone number to: Lynne Bloom at or call (302) 834-1978 or (302) 659-5003 and leave a number where we can reach you.

Exploration: Snow Ho, Ho, Ho! Flake 
December 3, 2016

Snowflakes and ice cubes and polar bears - oh my! Bring your curious daughter or son to the Outpost for some winter science! Meet our life-sized inflatable polar bear, Piper, learn some of the science behind snowflakes and build a model of one, and create an aurora borealis art project. Make a yummy polar bear cookie and join in the race to melt an ice cube. Before you go, meet a jolly visitor with a snow white beard. Seasonal science and seasonal fun!


Exploration: Let Go with Legos
March 18, 2017

Engineering with Lego blocks will challenge your young scientist to design, build, test to solve a problem. You and your child will try to build a structure that will stay together when dropped from a height, build the boat that floats and holds the most weight, construct a tower that can support a tennis ball without toppling, and design a model of the widest solar array that can be supported by a single tower. Complete your day with a game of musical Lego monsters. Develop your engineering imagination!


Exploration: Endangered Wildlife
May 20, 2017

Calling all young environmentalists! Learn about dwindling Earth habitats and the animals that are disappearing with them. Study rainforests by making a picture of their layers and coral reefs by making an imaginative 3D model with building pieces. Meet our life-sized crew of inflatable endangered species, including Ellie the Elephant, Gunther the Gorilla, Perry the Panda, and Tiberius the Tiger. You’ll do crafts, play a game, and look at diagrams of skeletons for comparison. A zoo full of science for you!


Exploration: DASEF's Top Five
August 1, 2017
(6 Hour for 6 to 10 year-olds)

It’s a day of DASEF’s best! Drop your child off at the Outpost to experience five of our most popular programs – all in one day! There will be a catapult segment, during which they will learn their history, build a working model, and compete in targeting games. Animation is next and that means building a praxinoscope and a flip book to make images come to life. During the dinosaurs segment, your child will help assemble a life-sized skeleton puzzle of a protoceratops and a 10-1 scale model of a T-rex, then learn about how scientists think dinosaurs became extinct. In the segment on amusement parks, they will learn about physics as they build marble roller coasters and pinball machines, and develop their marble-shooting and skeeball skills. Their day will end with a study of rocket propulsion. Your child will build and launch straw rockets, balloon rockets, and seltzer rockets, and use the action-reaction principle to send stomp rockets soaring. This will be a fascinating day of scientific discovery!