The museum offers a variety of programs with learning opportunities related to science, technology, engineering and math, as well as history (and other social studies fields).
All of our programs are free. Some materials for these programs are provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).
These programs are offered at the museum only and require a minimum of 25 students and a maximum of 36 students per session. For larger groups, please contact the Education Division directly before scheduling at 937-255-4646, 937-255-4652.
All programs meet national academic content standards.
All programs must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance to assure staff availability. To request one of these programs please click the schedule button below.
Note: These programs are restricted to students currently in the grade levels listed below.
Introduction to the basic concept of coding using a child friendly robot.
Grade Level: 2-3
Duration: 1 hour
Rescue Mission Math
Students will learn about helicopters and the four forces of flight. They will play a rescue game to practice their new knowledge. The game also teaches how to chart coordinates on a graph, data entry on a spreadsheet, probability skills and teamwork.
Grade Level: 4-5
Principles of Flight
Explores basic aerodynamic principles. Student will build and test fly balsa wood aircraft.
Grade Level: 4-6
Discover the interesting history of kites and the many types of kites, then build a sled kite. May include a segment to determine altitude and forces on the kite. Flying time will be on-your-own at teacher's discretion.
Duration: 1.25 hours
Students will receive a 15 minute briefing on the museum's one-of-a-kind collection of Presidential Aircraft and a tour of the gallery including four walk-thru former Air Force Ones.
Grade Level: 4-12
Students will learn about the history of code making and breaking from ancient Egypt to the present day uses for codes. After obtaining content, students will work together to create and break codes collectively. Paper "codes" are available online.
Grade Level: 5-8
Duration: 1.5 hours
Students will build a sled kite and use it to explore and use formulas to compute areas and perimeters of common polygons. Flying time will be on-your-own at teacher's discretion.
Intro to the Engineering Design Process
Students will learn the steps of the Engineering Design Process by building and testing a model CubeSat.
Grade Level: 6-8
Duration: 1 hour
The Holocaust: Prejudice and Memory
Students will tour the Holocaust exhibit and see photographs and artifacts and hear the memories of local people who personally experienced some aspect of the Holocaust. This program stresses the importance of tolerance. It is limited to groups no larger than 80 students and is available on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.
The program lasts two hours and cost is free.
In addition to this educational program, the museum also offers a Holocaust Tour Podcast. Click here for more information about this self-guided audio tour.
Grade Level: 6-12
Duration: 2 hours
All Holocaust Programs must be scheduled through the Education Division.
Note: Limited grant money may be available to defer transportation costs for the Holocaust program. For additional information, call (937) 775-2878 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)