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Students set to blast off with library aerospace program
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Youngsters, get ready to start your engines and blast off with a new program by the Forsyth County Library System.

This Saturday, the Civil Air Patrol Squadron GA160 of Gainesville is set to host a free, three-hour aerospace and flight workshop at the Cumming Library on 585 Dahlonega Street.

According to a library news release, the workshop will focus on flying kites, balloons and gliders and will include hands-on experiments where participants can build and test their own flying machines on the library lawn.

“We first began working with the squadron when McKevor Tatum, a teen patron and volunteer, shared his experiences with the Civil Air Patrol,” said Cumming Library Youth Services Supervisor Julie Boyd in the release. “Our patrons are very interested in science and technology programming, so we knew McKevor’s idea to host a workshop with the Civil Air Patrol would be well received.”

Boyd said that the previous aerospace workshop, held in January, was well attended with more than 70 students and their parents in attendance.

“We all had a great time learning about flight and then building and testing our own air-powered rockets,” Boyd said.

The release also states that representatives from the Civil Air Patrol Squadron will be on hand to speak with parents about what their organization does and how an interested student can get involved.

“We are excited to learn more about aerospace and the opportunities that are open to students who have a passion for science and flight,” Boyd said. “It will be a pleasure to welcome the cadets and other squadron leaders back to the library and we know our patrons will learn so much from this workshop.”

The workshop will begin at 11 a.m., and is intended for students from kindergarten to ninth grade, according to the release.

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