Monday, November 5, 2018, 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 Nov. 5 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 Home School STEM Day activities and a map of the locations.
Click here for a map of the museum.
Six 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.
Storytime: Weather [Preschool/Pre-K (ages 3 to 5)]
Time: 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Description: Youngsters will hear stories about the weather and create a small craft project to take home!
Location: STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery
High-Flying Fun (Grades Kindergarten and 1)
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: In this literature-based class, youngsters will hear about a high-flying adventure and create a small craft project to take home!
Coding for Kids (Grades 2 and 3)
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Description: Students will learn the basics of coding using child-friendly robots!
Location: STEM Learning Node in the Space Gallery
Basic Rocketry (Grades 4 to 6)
Time: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Students will be introduced to the basic principles of rocketry and will build a model rocket. Rockets will not be launched at the Museum as part of this class. Information will be given regarding on-your-own, off-site launch opportunities.
Location: SLN in the Global Reach Gallery
Nanotechnology (Grades 6 to 8)
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Description: Students will experiment with several unusual items that demonstrate how engineering objects on the molecular level has created items useful to the world we live in.
Flying Drones (Grades 9 to 12)
Time: 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Description: Students will learn about drones, including a brief lesson and demonstration on how they work.
Location: STEM Learning Node in the Global Reach Gallery
There will be a special presentation on the museum's newest major exhibit: the iconic Memphis BelleTM. This presentation is free and open to the entire family. It will take place from 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. in the Carney Auditorium, located in Building 1.
The next Home School STEM Day is currently planned for April 1, 2019. Please continue to check this web page for details.
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.
The entire family is welcome to attend one of the 15-minute Presidential Briefings taking place between 1 p.m. - 4 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 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 = discounts available!
Click here for more information of the movies and simulators.
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 9:15 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 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
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.