June 21-25: 10-11 AM PDT
Ready to head to the moon and beyond? Join your fellow astronauts-in-training for a week of lunar habitats, Mars exploration, and galactic engineering, plus a virtual investigation of the Museum's space gallery.
Out of This World
July 19-23: 10-11 AM PDT
Are you ready for launch? This week we'll explore rockets, rovers, and all things out of this world, plus the Museum's collection of artifacts that have actually been to space!
PLEASE NOTE: Summer sessions of Air & Space at Your Place are in "camp lite" format, with class meeting every morning at 10 AM PDT for one hour on Zoom.
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.