Effective November 10, 2020 the Museum’s Resident Free Tuesday will switch to the 2nd Tuesday of each month. October Free Tuesday will remain the 4thTuesday, October 27.
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.
Theme: Scare and Space
Dates and Times: Wednesday October 7, 14, and 21 - 9-9:30 AM on Zoom
Wednesday October 28 - 9-10 AM in the Museum
Join us for eerie engineering activities and spooky science, with the return of our most popular preschool program, now as a remote hybrid experience! All materials are included in your program price and can be picked up from the Museum a few days before your first class.
Each class will be 30 minutes of ghoulish group time every Wednesday in October from 9-9:30 AM and for the last Wednesday of the month, come to the San Diego Air & Space Museum for a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt through the museum. Feel free to dress up in your costume!
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)
What does "hybrid" mean?
The bulk of our learning will be remote over Zoom, but the last day, each registered child with one accompanying adult will receive free admission into the Museum for a socially distant scavenger hunt!
(In the event of Museum closure, the educators will replace the last day with another virtual activity and two free tickets into the Museum upon our reopening).
Are we only going to learn about planes?
Not at all! While we love aviation, Little Engineers encourages children to ask questions about the world around them, and find the science and engineering in their everyday lives.
My child is bright and chatty/shy and methodical/full of energy/not reading yet/reading at a third grade level. Will they be a good fit for this program?
Absolutely. Our lesson plans are highly flexible and child-driven, and all activities are easily adapted to any ability level. Most importantly, our main goal is to have fun!
Do I need to participate?
SDASM Remote Learning is not a replacement for adult supervision, and a responsible guardian needs to be present at all times. Our preschool programs are designed to encourage children to lead the activity with an adult helper to facilitate their learning through asking questions and assisting with some trickier motor skills. It can be hard, but try not to give your child all of the answers or fix their problems for them: making mistakes is the most important part!
Will we explore the museum?
Of course! You'll get to virtually sneak a peek at some of our favorite exhibits.
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. Mia is an aspiring chef and a cat mom, but spends most of her time as a teacher. She loves singing, hiking, and learning everything she can about insects.
Still have more questions?