Obama family, Easter Bunny, and other dignitaries on the balcony
Hall staff and volunteers at the White House Easter Egg Roll
Hall staff and volunteers  with Check Out Science banner at the White House Easter Egg Roll
Hall staff and volunteers help kids make copters at the White House Easter Egg Roll
Mother and daughter making kites at the White House Easter Egg Roll
Children learning how to make kites at the White House Easter Egg Roll
Boy running with kite he made at the White House Easter Egg Roll
Boy and girl running with kites they made at the White House Easter Egg Roll
Young girl running with kite she made at the White House Easter Egg Roll

“Let’s Celebrate!”

For the sixth year in a row, the Lawrence Hall of Science delivered a science-focused activity at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, on March 28, 2016. The Hall was greatly honored to return for this year’s celebration.

As the Obamas’ last White House Easter Egg Roll, this year’s event celebrated all the contributions they have made to this time-honored tradition. Responding to the administration’s focus on science and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, the Hall teamed up with kids and families to design paper bag kites and then run like the wind to see how high they fly.

More Great Ways to Have Fun with Science!

Scientists are always trying out their own ideas and making up new designs. Once you have the basics, you can experiment and design your own paper bag kites! How big can the bag be? How important are the streamer tails? How high will it fly? What kind of string works best?

Want to do more science at home? Here are four flight-related activities from howtosmile, a great website for locating science and math hands-on activities.

Helicopter Twirl

Turn a piece of paper into a helicopter, throw it up, and watch it twirl. Can you adjust it so it twirls in the opposite direction?

Wingin’ It

How high can you fly? Build and test an airplane wing with some paper, cardboard, skewers, and a fan.

Straws and Airplanes

Create airplanes from straws and geometric shapes. Test them to see how far they can fly, or how accurately they can be aimed.

Bottle Blast Off

With little more than a plastic bottle, some vinyl tubing, and a length of PVC pipe, you can make a rocket and a launcher and investigate how rockets fly.

Download our paper bag kite how-to postcard and get moving with science today.