Free activities planned for Home School STEM Day at museum

Home school students can explore the world’s largest aviation museum and learn about aviation history and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics during Home School STEM Day Oct. 2 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

During the event, home school children, ages 5-18, can participate in a number of free educational activities, many focusing on STEM themes. There is no advance registration; however, there is limited seating capacity for some programs.

Five hands-on classes will be offered in the museum’s STEM Learning Nodes:

• “Coding for Kids” (9:30-10:30 a.m.) – for grades 2 and 3

• “Role of the President” (9:30-10:45 a.m.) – for grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

• “Engineering for Kids” (10:45-11:30 a.m.) – grades K and 1

• “Kite Math” (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) – grades 4, 5 and 6

• “Intro to the Engineering Design Process” (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) – grades 6, 7 and 8.

Due to limited seating in the Learning Nodes free tickets will be distributed to students of the proper grade level at the classroom door on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 2.

Guided tours, scavenger hunts and aerospace demonstration stations are available for the entire family. Visitors may also watch a movie in the digital 3D theatre or ride the interactive flight simulators at a discounted rate. More information is available at

Some materials for the program are being provided by the Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).

Lunch options include a picnic area available outside in the museum’s Memorial Park or two cafés to purchase food inside the museum.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near, is the world's largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit

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