Houston We Have Landed … Martian Base One Here – Wings of Eagles Discovery Center plans a day dedicated to the planet Mars and plans to introduce its new education program “Earn Your Mars Driver’s License” to the public.

Horseheads, NY (October 9, 2014) – This Saturday, October 11, 2014, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center will be demonstrating a new academically focused, STEM based, youth robotics program entitled, “Earn Your Mars Driver’s License.” This new education program will be the first of its kind in the US and has been developed with local teachers. The curriculum for the Mars exploration activities reinforces real world classroom math and science requirements and adds greatly to the overall experience of the students who participate. Mike Hall, President of Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, said, “Allowing students to work towards something tangible like a Martian driver’s license makes the experience more real to them and they learn about math and science while having fun.” The “Earn Your Mars Driver’s License” program will be held on Saturday mornings this fall and starts October 18th.

The new program will be demonstrated at Wings of Eagles during “Family Fun Day on Mars,” Saturday, October 11th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The event is open to the public and visitors should bring their appetites for lots of good “Martian” food and snacks on location. Visitors can also take part in a kids costume contest, face painting, a museum scavenger hunt, simulator flights, and special Mars exhibits including 3-D images captured by NASA of the Martian surface.

The day continues with “Mission to Mars,” an evening fundraising gala. “Our Mission to Mars Gala is an important event because 100% of the ticket proceeds go directly toward local education programs here at Wings of Eagles. We use those funds to pay for classroom materials, develop new programs and offer needs-based scholarships to student’s who’s families cannot afford to participate without assistance,” said Hall. The gala will have live music by Joe Cavallaro’s Dixieland Jazz Band, beer and wine tasting thanks to Birdland Brewing Company, GCP Discount Liquors & Wines and Elmira Distributing Company, and will feature dinner and desserts by Sweet-N-Saucy. The evening’s keynote speaker will be Shoshanna Cole, a Mars Research Scientist based at Cornell University. Tickets are still available for the gala at

Hall added that the day’s events would not be possible without the assistance of the event’s sponsors. The day’s sponsors include Williams Capital Corporation, Streeter Associates Inc., Chemung Canal Trust Company, the Hardinge Group, Robert Pfuntner Radio Stations, Picnic Pizza, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, and the Happy Hippo.

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Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is a regional, non-profit, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) facility in central upstate New York that provides formal and informal education for Kindergarten through 12th graders using aviation and space technology themed lessons. All of our programs are designed to integrate with and supplement the public classroom curriculum. In addition, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center also holds a historic aircraft collection comprised of aircraft, replicas, missiles, flight simulators and other items that are on display for public viewing. The collection covers a range of technological and cultural advances in aviation and aerospace from World War II to the present.