The Battle Midway (June 4-5, 1942) is considered a landmark moment in the history of the United States Navy. Planes from aircraft carriers as well as Midway Island engaged in the majority of the fighting in the famous battle. Aircraft were an important part of warfare in World War II due partially to advancements in aircraft technology between WWI and WWII. Join us and learn about WWII carrier-based aircraft. Participate in paper airplane experiments while learning the basic principles of designing a better paper airplane.

STEAM Saturdays is a series of demonstration discussions for families held on the second Saturdays of every month. Topics are generally related to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or “STEAM”. Occasionally, the program may be held on a different day to coincide with special observances. Check our website for the most updated listing.

This program will be in the museum’s Education Center, Building 76, Washington Navy Yard. Social distancing and mask requirements will be observed.

Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking Metro, exit the Navy Yard stop, then walk to the entrance at 11th and O Street (about 15 minutes). Plan to arrive at the entrance by noon. Please be prompt. A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base.

Register through Eventbrite or email Mike Galloway at michael.m.galloway@navy.mil  


Battle of Midway, Painting, Oil on Wood by John Hamilton, circa 1975.   Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, 80-142-T

Battle of Midway, Painting, Oil on Wood by John Hamilton, circa 1975.  Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, 80-142-T.