Destination Explorations

Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation (DASEF) - Destination Exploration Parent and child (or children) teams explore science and technology topics in a fun and educational way. 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.

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: Build-a-Bot Engineering Challenge
September 25, 2021

Go beyond following step-by-step directions and create something completely new and innovative as you design and build a “Scribble-Bot”. These motorized contraptions can be designed to doodle, scribble, race, roll, hop, spin, or to do whatever you can imagine and “engineer” it to do!

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Albert Einstein

Exploration: Electronics
November 13, 2021

Come to DASEF and connect with electrical circuits! You and your child will work with "Snap Circuit" kits to construct working circuits like those you encounter every day. Discover materials that either conduct or insulate electrical current, and make a simple light switch. Build, test and take home your own "Steady Hand" game and electroscope. Your circuits will be humming with scientific discovery!

Exploration: North Pole
December 11, 2021

Join us for a scientific holiday adventure! You and your child will learn about chromatography while you make a decorative string of lights and you'll puzzle over holiday optical illusions. Make winter animal cookies. Join in the Jet Balloon Rudolph Race, construct a toyshop from toothpicks and gumdrops, and make a parachute, in case Santa has to ditch his sleigh. And there just might be a visit from the jolly old elf himself! Ho, ho, ho!!

Exploration: Let it Snow!
February 12, 2022

What do you know about snow? Snow is so much more than snowmen, snowballs, skiing, and sledding! Learn about the science of snow - “snow” clouds, types of snow, and ice crystals. Make “instant snow”, design macaroni snowflakes using math, and find out if there are really no two snowflakes alike. Make and take home your very own snow globe! Join us for the best snow day ever!

Exploration: Solar Mission
March 12, 2022

Learn about NASA's newest data-gathering mission: the Parker Polar Probe, on its way to "touch the sun"! You and your child will use our sun spotter, solar tower, and a filtered telescope to view the sun and track its movements as the earth turns. You will see how NASA receives images from space in the form of pixels, and be challenged to design a way to insulate a satellite from the massive heat of our closest star. Finish your visit by making and taking a bracelet of sunlight sensitive beads. Science is heating up at DASEF!

Exploration: Planets
April 9, 2022

NASA is racing toward new planetary discoveries. Come race along with them! You and your child will get the most up-to-date information about Mars, via data from NASA's Insight planetary lander. Design and build a model of a planetary rover and a robotic hand. Do a demonstration of how planetary impact craters form. Draw a scaled picture of the solar system, then go on a planetary walk that stretches from one end of the property to the other. Claim your place in space!

Exploration: Feathered Friends WHOO Knows about Birds?
May 21, 2022

There are many different types of birds! How can you tell them apart? Join us to learn how to identify birds common to Delaware, and make a bird feeder that will attract them to your backyard! Dissect an owl pellet to learn about the food chain of this awesome bird. Observe bird feathers to understand how birds can fly. Play a game called “What can I eat with this beak?” to learn about the diets of different birds. At lunch, you can do some “birding” of your own to test out your new bird knowledge!

Exploration: Computer Code
June 11, 2022

Writing computer code is a skill that can begin your journey to becoming a software engineer. Start your trek to Silicon Valley with DASEF! You and your child will play games and do activities that will introduce the basic principles of coding. One of you will become the programmer and the other will be the robot, accomplishing simple tasks like stacking cups, finding a hidden jewel, and spelling out a name. Learn about "looping" and how it makes it easier to repeat steps in a process. Learn about "debugging" an algorithm, or a set of directions that accomplish a task. Programming fun and learning!

Exploration: Measuring Time
July 30, 2022

If you didn’t have a watch or a cell phone, could you tell time? Find out how ... using shadows and sand! Learn about the devices people have used to keep time throughout the ages. Discover what AM and PM mean (besides morning and afternoon) when you learn about the time zones. Join us for this Exploration for the TIME of your life!!

Exploration: Optical Illusions – Things are not always as they appear!
August 9, 2022 (a 3 hour program for 6 to 10 year-olds)

Optical illusions are pictures that play tricks on your eyes and confuse your brain. Learn about perspective and the science of vision by observing and making optical illusions! Bring a device that you can take pictures for a fun activity on perspective! Make and take home an “Ames Room” that will amaze your friends!

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