In the interest of protecting the public health of our staff and visitors, the Museum is temporarily closing to the public starting Saturday November 14th.
Whether you loved our summer Think Tank program, or are new to hands-on STEM enrichment, check out our after-school remote learning experience, Air & Space at Your Place!
Each session lasts four weeks, is designed for students grades 2-5, and meets virtually on Zoom once a week on Wednesday from 3-4 PM PDT.
Program materials (minus tape and scissors) are included in the program price, and can be picked up from the Museum, or shipped to your home for an additional fee.
September: Out of this World
September 9, 16, 23, 30
Join us as we investigate the science and engineering behind human spaceflight! From rockets to rovers, landers to lunar habitats, this month we will focus on what it takes to get an astronaut off our planet, into orbit, and exploring beyond.
October: Aviation Adventures
October 7, 14, 21, 28
From launch to landing, what does it take to build a successful flying machine? Experiment with gliders, propellers, and helicopters as we soar through the basics of aviation.
November: Artists & Astronomers
November 4, 11, 18, December 2
This month we’ll dive into the science of the solar system, drawing inspiration from all things outer space as we create textured moon paintings, intergalactic magnets, miniature planetary nightlights, and so much more.
To support all learners in our community, regardless of circumstances, we use a "pay what you can" system with three price options:
- Family in Need ($20, covers basic material costs for the Museum)
- Standard ($75, covers materials, staff time, and Museum overhead)
- Program Sponsor ($100, covers all costs plus allows us to offer free or reduced programs for families in financial hardship)
1) What will my child be doing?
Each class will start with time to connect and engage with other students, followed by an introduction to the day's topic and a brief exploration of a relevant Museum exhibit. Students will complete an on-screen project with the instructors, and then receive a challenge activity to extend the critical thinking even after the program has finished.
2) Will I need to participate?
Air & Space at Your Place is not a substitute for direct adult supervision, but is designed to require little to no parental participation during the Zoom call. We love hearing stories of the whole family getting excited about the offline extension challenges; however, we also encourage parents to empower children to be problem solvers: if your child is stuck on a project, don't take over and fix it for them. Instead, try asking your child to show you three different possible solutions they tested before coming to you for help.
3) Do we need to purchase anything specific?
No, any specific materials recommended for this program will be included in your supply kit. However, we do not include household engineering tools such as scissors and tape, but they are available as an add-on at registration to make your life a little easier.
Often students will get creative with recyclables such as bottle caps, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, etc., and supplement the provided materials with things found around their house, but this is by no means required.
3) My daughter wants to join, is this more for boys?
Not at all! STEM is for everyone, and we create an inclusive, supportive learning environment welcoming to all students.