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.
January: Engineers on the Move
January 6, 13, 20, 27
Ready to build? Design your own roller coaster, construct a mini-catapult, and so much more as we build, test, and modify our way through a series of fun engineering challenges.
February: Radical Rocketry
February 3, 10, 17, 24
3...2...1...Blast off into our most high-flying session yet! Learn about the physics behind propulsion and ballistics as you experiment with your own different types of spacecraft, including balloon rockets, Alka-Seltzer rockets, and stomp rockets!
March: More Artists & Astronomers
March 10, 17, 24, 31
Our popular art program is back with new projects and old favorites, merging the science of the solar system with art and creativity as we design exoplanet nightlights, three-dimensional moon models, stellar mobiles, and so much more. *No class March 3*
April: Time Machines
April 7, 14, 21, 28
Travel back in time to journey through the beginnings of aviation! Explore the four forces of flight and experiment with what it takes to get your inventions off the ground. Build a kite, a bird or butterfly glider, an early flying machine, and wind-up helicopter toy like the one that fascinated the young Wright brothers!
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.