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Free activities for Home School Stem Day set for October 7 at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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  • By Danielle Almeter

Home school students can explore the world’s largest aviation museum and learn about STEM topics during Home School STEM Day on Oct. 7 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

During this event, home school children ages 3-18 can participate in a number of free educational activities with many focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes. There is no advance registration; however, there is limited seating capacity for some programs.

Six hands-on classes will be offered:

  • “Storytime: Kite Tales” (11-11:45 a.m.) – ages 3 to 5
  • “Rolling Things” (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) – grades K to 3
  • “Waves” (10-11 a.m.) – grades 4 to 6
  • “Where in the World Are We?” (9:30-10:30 a.m.) – grades 7 to 8
  • “Build a Cloaking Device” (9:30-10:30 a.m.) – grades 9 to 12
  • “Learn how to fly a radio controlled aircraft” (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) – grades 6 to 12

Due to limited classroom seating, free tickets will be distributed to students of the proper grade level at the classroom door on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:10 a.m. on Oct. 7.

In addition, there will be 20-minute presentations featuring our extensive collection of Presidential aircraft from 1-4 p.m. in the Presidential Gallery. Plus, have the opportunity to hear three special presentations in the Carney Auditorium. Discover interesting facts about spacesuits at 1 p.m., learn about U.S. Air Force spy satellites at 2 p.m. and U.S. rockets and missiles at 3 p.m. These programs do not require tickets. 

Guided tours, scavenger hunts and aerospace demonstration stations are also available for the entire family.  Visitors may also watch a movie in the digital 3D theatre or ride the interactive flight simulators at a discounted rate. More information is available at

Some materials for the program are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc.  (Federal endorsement is not implied).

Lunch options include a picnic area available outside in the museum’s Memorial Park or two cafés to purchase food inside the museum.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Danielle Almeter at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.