Model Rocketry Pioneers at Museum of Flight

Rocketry workshops during Museum’s Free First Thursday Space Day events, lectures on Thursday and Saturday

SEATTLE – Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m., model rocketry pioneers Lee and Betty Piester with Bill Stine, will present a nostalgic retrospective of the golden age of model rocketry. Piester and his wife Betty started Centuri Engineering in 1961. The company’s innovative and creative line of rockets launched the careers of engineers, scientists, and astronauts alike through the hobby of model rocketry. The program is free with admission to the Museum.

A young Lee Piester with his fleet of model rockets in the 1960s.

A young Lee Piester with his fleet of model rockets in the 1960s.

Piester will also deliver a program on the Museum’s Free First Thursday, May 5–Space Day–an international educational event. Local science and astronomy clubs will share their telescopes with the public; viewing opportunities include solar activity and the night sky. Families can attend planetarium shows and other educational activities.

Free Thursday Space Day Model Rocketry Presentation and Workshops May 5
During the Museum’s Free First Thursday on May 5–Space Day–from 5 to 9 p.m., model rocketry pioneer Lee Piester talks about the fun and exciting hobby of model rocketry and how to get involved in it. Piester’s presentation will be from 6:15 to 7 p.m., preceded by a rocket building workshop from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. There will be another workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. Piester’s presentation is free; there is a small fee for the workshop.

Workshop cost (rocket kit included with fee): $5, ages 8+

Preregistration required for workshop, deadline Wednesday, May 4: Registration is online.

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