Little Engineers is a hands-on STEM enrichment program that introduces children to science and engineering through creativity and fun. Our child-centered classes build school-ready skills by encouraging observation, communication, and problem solving.
Each session lasts four weeks and is designed for children ages 3-5 with accompanying adult.
Wednesday 9-10 AM
Price (4 classes):
$65 (member/active military)
Session 1: Fun with Forces
January 10 - 17 - 24 - 31
New year, new science class: come join us as we experiment with gravity, friction, magnetism, and so much more!
Session 2: Super Simple Machines
February 7 - 14 - 21 - 28
Get ready to investigate screws, gears, and levers! We’ll tinker with wheels and wedges, and explore with planes and pulleys. Be ready to build!
Session 3: Need for Speed
March 7 - 14 - 21 - 28
On your mark, get set, go! Accelerate into the museum’s newest exhibit, Speed: Science in Motion, as we take an in-depth look at racecars, physical fitness, and things that go fast.
Session 4: Bursting with Energy
April 4 - 11 - 18 - 25
What do rocket fuel, wind mills, and light bulbs have in common? Become an energy expert as we explore different types of energy and power up our creations.
Session 5: Adventures in Aviation
May 2 - 9 - 16 - 23
The sky is the limit as we experiment with objects that float, fly, and sometimes fall.
Contact the Education Department at (619) 234-8291 x119 or email by clicking here.
Will we explore the museum?
As much as possible, we try to integrate the museum into our learning environment. Some classes will take place entirely within an exhibit space, some will focus on building and experimenting in the classroom, and often we’ll use parts of the museum for inspiration for our learning that day. You and your child are also welcome to stay after class to visit our main galleries and extend your explorations.
Are we only going to learn about planes?
Not at all! While we do love aviation, Little Engineers has a broader goal of encouraging children to ask questions about the world around them, and recognize the science and engineering in their everyday lives. Our lesson plans are flexible and child-driven, and all activities are easily adapted to any ability level. Most importantly, our main goal is to have fun!
Who will be teaching the class?
Ms. Jamie has over ten years of experience in early childhood education, but she still wants to be an astronaut when she grows up. She loves roller coasters, puppies, and her favorite planet is Mars.
Ms. Sophie used to work with elephants, but figured out that teaching smaller mammals was a lot more fun. She loves silly questions, the SR-71 Blackbird, and making a really big mess.
Can't make it to one of our classes?
Make sure to check out the Kid's Aviation Action Hangar during your visit!