Wright Brothers Day

October 5, 2023
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Student Union Atrium

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2023 Event Overview

Wright Brothers Day highlights the Wrights' pioneering spirit by featuring innovative research and demonstrations from Wright State faculty, students and programs, and local organizations.

Opening Address

  • Alex Heckman, VP of Museum Operations at Dayton History, will deliver an opening address. Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum and the main campus for Dayton History, where they share amazing stories of how Dayton changed the world!  

Participating Researchers and Innovators

  • Wright Brothers Trivia Board, by Wright State Special Collections        
  • Yaskawa/Motoman: Robotic assembly and motion     
  • Marxent: Virtual Reality retail    
  • AFRL GRILL: video game development    
  • AI Image Colorization    
  • Real-time sequencing of mRNA from Wright State Center for Genomics Research    
  • Intel Manufacturing Plant: Wright State support (clean room, microfabrication lab, etc.)
  • Cybersecurity national training program (Wright State)
  • NeuroLab: fun learning of neuromuscular physiology (Wright State)  
  • Breathalyzer BioMarkers (Wright State)    
  • 911 radio transcription (AI)        
  • Biomechanic device development: Body Armor 3D scan (Wright State)
  • Wright Seaplane Base: Karen McTaggart    
  • Hydrology and Climate Change Research (Wright State)   
  • First Flight Aviation: flight school (Wright State and First Flight)    
  • Flight Simulator 
  • Air Force Museum Foundation    
  • Marketing Club/AMA

For Information while at the Event

The American Marketing Association at Wright State (“Marketing Club”) will host Wright Brothers Day and have a table at the event to help any attendee with event information.


  • The University Library's Special Collections and Archives, which houses one of the most complete collections of Wright Brothers material in the world, will test participants’ knowledge of the Wright Brothers with trivia questions.  
  • Students can have fun seeing or trying out a flight simulator, robotics, video game development, AI, and other high-tech applications, as well as other innovative displays.
  • Students can answer trivia questions for a chance to win gift cards in a raffle.

Previous Years Photo Gallery

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Other Resources for Wright Brothers History

About Wright Brothers Day

Wright Brothers Day celebrates the anniversary of Wilbur Wright's 39-minute flight on Huffman Prairie on October 5, 1905. The flight demonstrated that the Wright brothers had advanced their design to the point of a practical airplane. Wright Brothers Day honors the pioneering spirit of the Wright Brothers by featuring innovative research, design, and demonstrations from Wright State faculty and departments, as well as organizations in the community.

The event is organized by the American Marketing Association of Wright State University.

    About the American Marketing Association at Wright State

    Wright State University’s American Marketing Association Club (AMAWSU) does real work, implements real marketing plans, and gets real results. AMAWSU does not just promote Wright Brothers Day, but made the event something worth experiencing. The students in the club plan the event with the Department of Marketing in the Raj Soin College of Business. The club is an official chapter of the American Marketing Association.