Exploring the Physics of Flight at the White House

April 6, 2023

UPDATED: The Lawrence Hall of Science stirred some science “egg-citement” when it returned to the White House Easter “EGGucation” Roll on Monday, April 10, in Washington, DC. In addition to hosting the traditional egg rolling games, First Lady Jill Biden transformed the South Lawn into a learning community with various educational activities. As a lifelong educator, Dr. Biden selected the education theme to enhance to encourage children to reach for the stars. First Ladies have historically set the direction to enhance the White House tradition, which began in 1878. 

“We are so honored and excited to bring hands-on science activities to America’s front lawn again! ” said Kalie Sacco, Associate Director of The Lawrence Hall of Science. “This year marks our eighth invitation since 2011, and we are gratified to know that The Lawrence is a trusted institution when it comes to science education.”

The Easter Egg Roll at the White House

The Lawrence engages youth and families in high-quality and meaningful STEM engagement opportunities where they are—in their communities. By bringing these learning activities to the thirty thousand people attending the White House’s largest annual event, The Lawrence furthers its mission to inspire and engage through science discovery and learning in ways that advance equity and opportunity.

Thousands of kids learned about the physics of flight by building and testing their own high-flying paper “Bunny Copters.” Expert educators and volunteers—scientists and UC science majors studying in Washington—encouraged the young scientists to observe how their Bunny Copters fly. They asked questions to spark curiosity and inspire further investigation into lift force and aerodynamics.

Families are visiting The Lawrence's education station at the White House Easter Egg Roll

Families visiting The Lawrence’s education station also learned that our educational materials were much closer to home than they thought. With one out of four domestic students using our science materials or curricula, children in the Washington DC area, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, to name a few, already use science curricula designed by The Lawrence Hall of Science.

“This event is always a wonderful time to connect with families from across the country to explore science in a fun and accessible way,” adds Sacco.

In addition to elementary physics education, the all-day event included an egg roll and hunt, a schoolhouse activity area, a reading nook, a photo-taking station, a physical “egg-ucation” zone, and a snack area where children and their families will learn to make treats. In addition, the “egg-stravaganza” always has a celebrity splash with more than two dozen costumed characters and storytelling and performances by celebrities.

An online lottery is conducted each year to award tickets for the event through Recreation.gov. Signing up for the lottery and event tickets are free of charge. Mark your calendars (The lottery is open for a week in March), and good luck for next year!

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