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Important Announcement

The fall Home School STEM Day has been rescheduled to occur on November 5, 2018. Please continue to check this web page for more information. The event details below will be updated as information becomes available.

Upcoming Home School STEM Day

Home School Day

Monday, April 9, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Home school students can explore the world's largest aviation museum and learn about aviation history and STEM topics during Home School STEM Day on April 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

During this event, home school children, ages 6-18, can participate in a number of free educational activities, many focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes.  There is no advance registration; however, there is limited seating capacity for some programs.

Guided tours, scavenger hunts and aerospace demonstration stations also are available for the entire family.  Visitors may also watch a 3D movie in the Air Force Museum Theatre or take a ride in one of the interactive flight simulators.

Click here for a map and list of activities!

Class Schedule

Five hands-on classes will be offered in the museum's STEM Learning Nodes in Building 4.  The Learning Nodes have limited seating capacity, so participation will be limited to youngsters of the correct age level only.  Free tickets for each class will be distributed at the classroom door beginning at 9:15 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Think Like a Scientist (Grades 1 to 3)

Time:  10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Description:  In this literature-based class, youngsters will be introduced to the basic concept of how a scientist works and will have the opportunity to try a science experiment or two!

Cost:  Free

Location:  Building 4 (STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery)



Fun with Flight (Grades 4 to 6)

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Description:  Youngsters will be introduced to the basic principles of flight and practice their new knowledge of control surfaces!

Cost:  Free

Location:  Building 4 (STEM Learning Node in the Space Gallery)


  Principles of Flight (Grades 5 to 6)

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Description:  Youngsters will experiment with a wind tunnel as they learn the basics of aircraft and helicopter flight!

Cost:  Free

Location:  Building 4 (STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery)           


Code Breaking (Grades 6 to 8)
Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Description:  Students will learn about the history of code making from ancient Egypt to the present day and then will create and share their own codes.
Cost:  Free
Location:  Building 4 (STEM Learning Node in the Space Gallery)



Introduction to Flight Training (Grades 8 to 12)

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Description:  Learn the skills needed to fly an airplane! You will become familiar with all of the flight controls in the cockpit during the presentation that will also include demonstrations on a Flight Simulator program.

Cost:  Free

Location:  Building 4 (STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery)

STEM Demo Stations

Science, technology, engineering and mathematic principles will be demonstrated at various stations in the center of Building 2. Stop by any of the stations from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for a quick and informative demo/activity.

Attractions Discounts

The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. Attractions (theatre and simulators) will be offered at a discounted rate.
(Federal endorsement is not implied).

3D Movie ticket prices = $5.00 each

Simulator prices = $2.00 off each ride

Click here for more information of the movies and simulators.

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt of the Museum’s new fourth building will be available for pick-up near the entrance to Building 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is a self-guided family activity that may be completed anytime during the day.

Presidential Briefings

     Though Home School STEM Day concludes at 12:30 p.m.
     families are welcome to attend one of the 15-minute
     Presidential Briefings taking place between 1:00-4:00 p.m.
     Visitors will learn interesting and fun facts about the
     museum's unique Presidential Aircraft collection.
     These briefings are free and open to the public.


The fall Home School STEM Day has been rescheduled to occur on November 5, 2018.  Please continue to check this web page for details.

  • Tips for Successful Visit

    Here are some tips for making your visit to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Home School STEM Day a very successful experience:

    • All activities are free, including admission and parking.  Some materials for the programs are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.  (Federal endorsement is not implied).
    • The Air Force Museum Foundation Attractions (movies, simulators) will be offered at a discounted rate.
    • No pre-registration is required for any of the activities, including the 5 classroom experiences.  Free tickets (for students in the proper grade level) for each class will be distributed at that classroom door beginning at 9:15 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Class descriptions and a map are available on this website.
    • Arrive early, especially if you are interested in attending one of the five hands-on classes in Building 4. You should report to the classroom area at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your class.
    • Please note that there are a number of activities (tours, scavenger hunts, STEM-based demo stations) that do not have space limitations – so you will have plenty to do – even if you do not attend one of the classes!
    • Bring extra adults to assist getting your children to multiple locations (the museum is a very large place!).
    • Familiarize yourself with the museum ahead of time by visiting our website or download a gallery map. For a really special treat, take a virtual tour of the museum -- you can even look into some of the cockpits!
    • In addition to the specially-scheduled Home School STEM Day activities (classes, scavenger hunts, and STEM demo stations), attendees may want to:
    • Take a free guided tour
    • Take a self-guided tour of the museum galleries (free)
    • Try landing an orbiter at the Space Shuttle Landing Experience (free)
    • See a movie or ride a simulator (discounted prices) – information at the Air Force Museum Foundation website
    • Food options:  Click here for information on the Museum lunch policy.  Two Cafes are available in the museum.  The Valkyrie Café is located on the second floor above the Gift Shop.  The Refueling Café is located on the second floor of the Missile Gallery.  Click here for hours and menu options.  Please note that food and drinks (including water bottles) cannot be brought into the museum galleries.  If you wish to pack your lunch, a picnic area is available outside in the museum's Memorial Park.  Be advised that the outside picnic area is a considerable walking distance away from the activities.  Be sure to adjust your timing accordingly.
    • The museum has a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available for your use in the building at no charge. These are located in the lobby just past the Membership desk and at other volunteer stations throughout the Museum.
    • The museum has four family restrooms available: one in Building 1, one in Building 3, and two in Building 4.


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