Thank you everyone for your interest in this event.  Unfortunately the video is now ended.

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… actually. It’s both!  Discover the similarities between animal and machine while exploring the story of human flight.  Get “hands on” and dive further into avian adaptations and find out how their bodies are specially adapted for flight, how the shape of their beak helps them catch specific food, and how they survive in different climates.  Then, compare these adaptations to the adaptations of other animals like the aye aye, the white-tailed deer, and more!  Finally, adapt an animal of your choice to help it thrive in a brand new environment!  What creature did you make?  Take a picture of it and ask a parent/guardian to share it on social media using #loutitlibrary or email the image to

Missed the Facebook Live event? Here is the recorded event:  It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane  (This video is now closed.)

Near the end of the Air Zoo event video a short PBS video was shared that needed to be removed. If you would like to watch it it can be found HERE.

Make sure you have your Take and Make handy so you can join in the science!  Loutit event kits are gone but the Tri-Cities Historical Museum and Spring Lake District Library still have them available.

To fully participate have these common household items on ready to use in addition to the event kit:

  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Glue stick, school glue, or tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper of any kind, even scrap paper will work
  • Bug net or bowl
  • Something to catch (ball, toy, or crumpled piece of paper)
  • Slotted spoon or a strainer
  • Bowl of water
  • Something to scoop out of the water like cereal, beads or dry noodles
  • Tweezers
  • Rice (or something similar)
  • Something transparent like a drinking glass