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Garden City, N.Y. January 22, 2024 - The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Catholic Health today kicked off its new partnership, giving Catholic Health naming rights to the museum's Sky Theater Planetarium. To kick off the partnership, The Cradle of Aviation and Catholic Health hosted a special event to promote the value of STEM skills to more than 550 middle school students. This included science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workshops, where students could see the connection between their emerging skill development and possible careers in both health care and aviation.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is excited to announce the return of the Annual Long Island STEM Career Expo for 10th-11th grade students, set for Monday, October 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the museum's Garden City, NY location.
The Expo is designed to empower the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge they need for the careers of tomorrow. By fostering partnerships between the academic and business communities, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is committed to developing a skilled workforce capable of meeting the demands of the 21st-century job market.

Garden City, N.Y., September 28, 2023 – In partnership with Community Offshore Wind, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is delighted to announce its role as the host for the upcoming KidWind Competition, uniting over 300 Long Island students. This event invites students from grades 5 to High School to explore renewable energy and engineering principles by designing, building, and testing wind turbines and solar structures. The goal is to cultivate a profound understanding of sustainable technology and ignite a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is excited to announce its collaboration with local artist Samuel Abrams for the engaging summer exhibit, 'Believable Creatures.' This unique exhibition aims to help museum visitors visualize alien life and imagine extreme environments that may exist beyond Earth. The exhibit showcases Abrams' intriguing sculptures, which combine the language of science and fantasy into life-size installations, depicting believable creatures.

Garden City, N.Y. May 25, 2023 - The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), and the Town of Islip today announced a unique, new partnership to promote aviation education and careers. This partnership empowers educators and students from the East End of Long Island, with the opportunity to explore and experience various aspects of aviation through educational programs, events, and activities sponsored by the Cradle of Aviation Museum and MacArthur Airport.

The sculpture, a dramatic accent to the grounds of the museum depicts Dr. Ride in her Space Shuttle In-Flight Suit. The statue, titled “The First American Woman in Space“ is a gift to the Museum. The project’s title sponsors are the Matson Family Foundation, Peter Diamandis: on behalf of the XPRIZE Foundation, and Maria Shriver.

On May 10th, 2021, Former NASA Astronaut Bill Shepherd from Babylon, teamed up with the Cradle to introduce “The New Age of Space” addition to the Museum’s Space Gallery.

Over 500 FIRST Lego participants, their coaches, and families participated in the FIRST Lego launch held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Friday, November 2nd. Robotics teams were on hand to showcase their work, promote applications for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and prepare for this year’s upcoming FIRST Challenge.

On Tuesday, November 7, from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Biotech Day will be held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Biotech Day hosted in conjunction with Northwell Health aims to provide Long Island educators with biotechnology content for their students.

On Monday, March 13th, the Cradle of Aviation hosted its 6th annual "Salute to Women in STEM" event. This year the museum honored an extraordinary panel of women including Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first female commercial pilot; Chelsea Engberg, CEO of Aviatrix and aerobatic pilot; and LT Natalie Schibell, MSC, USN. Mediating the event was News 12 Long Island, Anchor Carol Silva.

On Saturday, January 14th, the Cradle of Aviation Museum hosted its first in a series of Drone events with students from the Vaughn College U.A.V. Club.

Biotech Day, November 8, 2016, is being hosted in conjunction with Northwell Health and aims to provide Long Island educators with biotechnology content for their students.

3rd-8th graders built, designed and launched their own water rockets!

NYIT teams created blueprints and 3-D models as part of a larger Tech Training Center Competition held earlier this year.