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Upcoming Home School STEM Day

Home School Day

Monday, October 7, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Home school students can explore the world's largest aviation museum and explore a variety of STEM topics during Home School STEM Day on October 7 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The majority of the activities will take place in Building 4.

During this event, home school children, ages 3-18 and their parents, 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 list of activities and a map showing the locations.

Class Schedule

Six hands-on classes will be offered in the classroom in Building 4. The classrooms 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 9:10 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Storytime:  Kite Tales (Preschool to K – Ages 3 to 5)
Time:  11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Description:  Youngsters will hear stories about kites and create a paper kite to take home (reading appreciation and construction)
Cost:  Free
Location:  Classroom in the Space Gallery


Rolling Things (Grades K to 3 – Ages 6 to 9)
Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description:  Youngsters will be introduced to a simplified version of the Engineering Design Process as they play with things that roll and learn about gravity, momentum and more!
Standards: K-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions.
Cost:  Free
                                         Location:  Classroom in the Presidential Gallery

Waves (Grades 4 to 6)

Time:  10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Description:  We are surrounded by waves, mostly unseen!  Learn about these waves – radio, video, cell phones, water, heat, sound and light – and how they affect us.
Standards: 4-PS4-1   Waves and Their Applications
Cost:  Free
                                         Location:  Classroom in the Global Reach Gallery

Where in the World Are We? (Grades 7 to 8)
Time:  9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Description:  The Air Force-based Global Positioning System affects us all on a daily basis.  Discover how GPS works and complete a hands-on project to further your understanding!
Standards:  MS-PS4-2 Waves and Their Applications
Cost:  Free
Location:  Classroom in the Space Gallery

Build a Cloaking Device – Advanced Optics (Grades 9 to 12)
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Description: Learn about wave properties and light phenomena as you build a cloaking device!
Standards: HS-PS.EW.3: Waves; P.W.1: Wave properties and P.W.2: Light phenomena
Cost: Free
Location: Classroom in the Presidential Gallery


Learn how to fly a radio controlled aircraft  (Grades 6 to 12)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Learn about R/C aircraft and how to fly them.  Participants will have the opportunity to briefly “fly” an R/C plane on a computer flight simulator.
Cost: Free
Location: Classroom in the Global Reach Gallery

STEM Demo Stations

Science, technology, engineering and mathematic principles will be demonstrated at various stations located in
Building 4. Stop by any of the stations from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for a quick and informative demo/activity.

Special Presentation: Spacesuits

The Well-Dressed Astronaut

Time:  1:00 to 1:45 p.m.
Description:  Discover fun and interesting facts about spacesuits past and present (in both real life and fiction)! (all grades)
Cost:  Free
Location:  Carney Auditorium

special presentation: Spy Satellites

Spy Satellites!
Time:  2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Description:   Learn about U.S. Air Force “spy” satellites! (all grades)
Cost:  Free
Location: Carney Auditorium

special presentation: Rockets & Missiles

U.S. Air Force
Rockets and Missiles

Time:  3:00 to 3:45 p.m.
Description:  Learn about U.S. Air Force rockets and missiles!
(all grades)
Cost:  Free
Location: Carney Auditorium

Scavenger Hunts

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

Presidential Briefings

The Presidents and Their Planes briefings
Time:  1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Description: Discover interesting facts about the Museum’s unique collection of Presidential aircraft, including former Air Force Ones! Each presentation is about 20 minutes each.
(all grades)
Cost: Free
Location:  Classroom in the Presidential Gallery, Building 4

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 = $6.00 each

Personalized Dog Tags = $6 (plus tax)

Click here for more information of the movies and simulators.

  • 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 six classroom experiences.  Free tickets (for students in the proper grade level) for each class will be distributed at that classroom door beginning at 9:10 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 six 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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