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Education Programs

The Air Zoo's team of world-class educators focuses on creating affordable, interactive educational programs that not only stimulate and engage students during their presentation, but also inspire them to continue their exploration of science long after the program's conclusion. Utilizing a unique approach of once-in-a-lifetime experiences coupled with dynamic lesson plans and "hands-on" activities, each program is designed to encourage a student's innate curiosity and instill the fundamental scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical tools needed to succeed in today's world.
The Air Zoo's education team also brings the best of what they do into your community, travelling to your location and conducting the same engaging, interactive programs offered at the Air Zoo. This option is a fun and exciting way to supplement your current lessons, or can be used as a reward to motivate your students towards an important goal.
You and your students are sure to have an unforgettable experience with the Air Zoo. The table below illustrates our various courses and their corresponding grade levels. For questions and additional program info, please contact our Education Team at education@airzoo.org.
To schedule a program, please contact our Event Staff at 269.350.2848, or via email at events@airzoo.org


Location Options

Experience the Air Zoo's education programs at our location at 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI, or our Education Team can come directly to you for the low price of $200 per 30 students! Pricing for programs experienced at the Air Zoo include full admission and access to all exhibits and rides. Add additional programs for as little as $2 per student! Contact our Event Staff at 269.350.2848, or via email at events@airzoo.org for details.

Program Catalog

Programs are listed below alphabetically by Subject (Astronomy, Aviation Science, Earth Science, Electricity, Meteorology, Physics, Space Science, & Secondary Education)


Astronomy

Learn all about flight through fun hands-on activities!

Milky Way K - 5th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Solar Discovery Pre-K (45 min., Available March, 2014)
This program introduces students to our solar system. Utilizing interactive models, children will study the effects of gravity, seasons, and other environmental factors influenced by the orbit patterns of the Sun and Moon.
Cost: $12 per K-5th Grade student, $4 per Pre-K student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: ESS1.B, ESS1.C, ESS2.A, K-2 Engineering, 1-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1:, 5-PS2-1, E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.21, E.ST.M.1

Aviation Science

Aviation Design 6th - 12th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Students will learn about and discuss theories behind aircraft design, ranging from physical flight characteristics to the evolution of aircraft design and the materials used in aircraft production. Utilizing a wind tunnel, students will see the aerodynamic differences in wing shape and fuselage design and use the Air Zoo's flight simulators to experience flight characteristics of aircraft.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: MS-ETS1-2&3&4, HS-PS2, HS-ETS1-1, HS-PS2-3, P1.1F, P4.3C, P3.4B


Classroom of flying students

Flight School Science! 5th - 8th Grade (1 hour)
Students explore the science and history of flight during this "hands-on" experience!
Participants build gliders and experiment with the four forces of flight utilizing Bernoulli's Principle and a working wind tunnel. These science concepts wil be further explored as students receive training on real flight instruments before piloting the 4-D simulators!
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: S-PS2-1, MP.2 (5-ESS2-1), (5-ESS2), (5-ESS3-1), 3-5-ETS1-3, MS-PS2-1 (PS2.A), MS-PS2-/PS2-4, P.FM.05.31, P.FM.M.3, S.RS.06.19


Experience how astronauts live

Flight Science Independent Challenge 4th - 8th Grade
Challenging clues will lead young visitors to compare airplane components and delve into the development of the technology that enabled improvements in the field of aerospace. This independent exploration will concentrate on science principles and aviation design while encouraging students to interact with the Air Zoo exhibits.
Cost: $10 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: 4-ETS1, PS4.C, RI.5.7(ELA), 3-5ETS1.1, 3-5, MS-PS2.A, MS-PS2-1, MS-PS, MS-ETS1.B, MS-ETS1.1&2, MS-ETS1.C


High Flying Fun! K - 2nd Grade (45 min. classroom & 30 min. Independent Challenge)
Fantastic Flying! Pre-K (45 min. classroom & optional 30 min. Independent Challenge)
Students discover how people learned to fly from a "Barnstormer Pilot" while exploring the different FORCES used to fly! Students will compare the shapes and functions of the parts of a bird with an airplane by trying on the wings, landing gear, and even the tail! Students create their own kite and explore how to change the direction and speed of flight.
Cost: $12 per K-2nd Grade student, $4 per Pre-K student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: K-PS2-1, KPS2-2, 1-ESS1-1, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, S.IA.00.12, P.FM.00.34


Young Aviator Independent Challenge! 1st - 3rd Grade
Students investigate the three exhibit areas: Main Hall, Space Exhibit and World War II and discover the main parts of an airplane, the different uses for aircraft, and the principles of flight! They will learn about the astronauts, space suits, and the different vehicles used in space exploration!
Cost: $10 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: SL.K.5, W.1.8, W.2.8, 1-G5.0.1, 2-H2.0.3


Earth Science

Digging Up Michigan 3rd - 5th Grade (1 hour)
Children dig up Michigan history and encounter real fossils while learning to interpret rock data in this hands-on laboratory course. Additional activities include the observation of simulated glacial movements, illustrating how the Great Lakes were formed.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: 3-LS4-1, MP.5, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-2, 5-PS1-3, E.SE.03.22, S.RS.04.11, E.ST.04.31


Oobleck Science 2nd - 5th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Students will investigate the science and uses behind polymers and explore the properties of matter. They will create and test a variety of "slime" substances in a lab setting and learn about polymers used in industry and common household products. This program has a focus on developing good lab practices and adherence to the scientific method.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: PS1.A, PS1.B, K-2 ETSI-2, 2-PS1-1, 5-PS1-3, 3-5ETSI-3, P.PM.02.12, P.PM.02.41, P.PM.E.2


Waters Below K- 3rd Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Little Guppies Pre-K (1 hour, Available March, 2014)

In this course, students will examine dynamic aquatic ecosystems like coral reefs and the deep sea, and learn about the various habitats existing within bodies of water and the inhabitants that call them home. Children will discuss how animals adapt to changing conditions and gain an understanding of biodiversity and how the Earth's aquatic lifeforms are linked to life on land.
Cost: $12 per K-3rd student, $4 per Pre-K student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS2.D, LS4.C, LS4.D, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1,
K-PS3-1, 1-PS4.B, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-3, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12, L.EC.E.1, L.EC.04.2h


Wet Planet 4th - 8th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
In this course, students explore the role water has played in the development of our planet and its dynamic ecosystem. Utilizing a stream table, children will research patterns of rock formations and gain an understanding of the effects of erosion and the flow of energy and materials involved in this process.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements: ESS1.C, ESS2.A, ESS2.C, ESS3.B, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2, 5-ESS2-1, 3-5ETS1-2, MS-ESS2-1, E.SE.06.12, E.SE.06.13, S.IP.07.1


Electricity

High Voltage! 6th - 8th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Students will explore the theories of electric current through several practical applications. Activities include building a lemon battery, generating electric current with magnets, and constructing electric motors, all geared toward giving students a clear understanding of the various ways electricity is generated, stored, and used.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: MS-PS2-3, MS-PS1, MS-PS2, P.EN.06.42, P.EN.M.4, S.IP.06.13


Hot Wired 3rd - 5th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Students will learn the fundamentals of electricity and construct open and closed circuits, generate electric currents using magnets, and build their own working telegraph! This exploratory course is designed to give students an understanding of how electricity and energy is transferred to devices we use every day.
Cost: $12 per student.

Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 3-PS2, 3-ESS3, 4-PS3, 4-PS3, 3-5 ETS1P, .EN.04.42, P.EN.E.5, P.EN.04.52


Polar Opposites! 3rd - 4th Grade (45 minutes)
Students explore the wonders of working with magnets while applying the Law of Magnetism to specific problem-solving activities. Using a magnetic sensor, students investigate and collect data on what types of material a magnetic field will pass through, predict which objects are magnets, non-magnets, or just plain magnetic, and even discover how to increase the magnetic field of an object!
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, MP.2 (3-PS2-1), 4-PS3-4, P.PM.E.3, S.IP.04.12, S.IP.04.13


Watts Up? 4th - 8th Grade (1 hour)
Students discover the fantastic world of static electricity while creating voltage between different objects and transferring electrical energy from one object to another! They will explore the Law of Electrostatics and the power of electrical potential energy by first experimenting with a Wimshurst Static Machine and the world's first battery and ending with the perfectly safe "Hair Raising" 325,000-volt Van de Graaff Generator!
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 5-PS2-1, 5-PS3-1, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS3-2, K-7 Standard P.EN, P.PM.E.5, P.EN.04.12


Meteorology

Weather Explorers 5th - 8th Grade (1 hour)
Kids will observe air in motion while traveling to weather stations in small groups that utilize engaging models to investigate interactions in the atmosphere. Young meteorologists will make weather predictions and operate weather instruments while manipulating scientific variables.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 5-ESS2.A, 5-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-5, ESS2.C, E.ES.07.74, E.ES.07.81, S.IP.05.13


Wonders of Weather K - 3rd Grade (45 min.)
Weather Discovery Pre-K (45 min.)

Children will encounter air pressure with the Cat in the Hat, investigate weather forecasting and create a weather device in this fun and engaging wacky weather workshop!
Cost: $12 per K-3rd student, $4 per Pre-K student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: KESS2-1, K-LS1-1, K.MD.A.2, K-ESS2-1, E.ES.01.21, E.ES.01.31, S.IA.01.13


Physics

Blast Into Space! 5th - 8th Grade (1 hour)
Students investigate how to reach space by applying their knowledge of weight, mass and several different forces. Groups are challenged to increase the kinetic energy of an object enough to reach Earth's orbit using only Newton's Third Law of Motion, and then discover just how difficult it is to drive a rover on Mars!
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 5-PS2-1, MP.2 (5-ESS2-1), (5-ESS2-2), (5-ESS3-1), MS-PS2-2, MS-PS3-5, MS-ESS1-3, E.ST.M.2, S.IP.05.11, S.RS.M.1


Cowabunga Science 4th - 8th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Students will study the physics behind the most popular thrill rides on the planet! This practical application of how speed, mass, g-forces and potential energy affect the design of roller coasters gives students a clear understanding of engineering principles. Students will put their knowledge to the test while designing their own coaster!
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 4 - PS3, 3-5 ETS1, MS-PS3, MS-ETS1, P.EN.06.11, P.EN.06.12, S.RS.06.15


The Forces are With You! 6th - 8th Grade (1 hour)
Students will use Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion to explore forces! They will utilize engaging models to demonstrate the power of physics and experiment with balanced and unbalanced forces while manipulating hovercraft and catapult variables.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: ESS1-2, MS-PS2-1&2, PS3.A, B, C, Math: MP.2, 7.EE.B.4, ETS1.A, S.IA.06.14


This Really is Rocket Science! 4th - 8th Grade (2 hour workshop)
Students witness a safe static test launch of a real model rocket secured in place while making observations and collecting data about how rockets work up close! The investigation continues as students review physical forces and Newton's Laws of Motion while racing the speed of gravity, investigating the exchange of thermal energy, and creating real-life action/reaction scenarios! Finally, students study rocket design while building their own rockets and will calculate the speed and altitude of their launches! (Weather permitting)
Cost: $18 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 5-PS2-1,MP.2 (5-ESS2-1), (5-ESS2-2), (5-ESS3-1) ,MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-1, MS-PS3-3, M.MR.04.14, A.PA.06.01, P.FM.05.42


Space Science

Blast Into Space! 5th - 8th Grade (1 hour)
Students investigate how to reach space while applying knowledge about weight, mass, and force. Groups are challenged to increase the kinetic energy of an object necessary to reach Earth's orbit using Newton's Third Law of Motion, and discover how difficult it is to drive a rover on Mars!
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 5-PS2-1, MP.2 (5-ESS2-1), (5-ESS2-2), (5-ESS3-1), *MS-PS2-2, MS-PS3-5, MS-ESS1-3, E.ST.M.2, S.IP.05.11, S.RS.M.1


Life in Space K - 8th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Students will discover the social, physiological, and technological challenges posed by extended stays in space, and research the systems used to sustain life aboard the International Space Station. Subjects covered include energy sources aboard the ISS and students will actively solve design problems using limited materials and resources. They will also learn about current scientific experiments taking place in space and discuss their potential benefits.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: ESS2.E, ESS3.A, ETSI.A, ETSI.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.C, LS2.D, K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1, 2-PS1-3, 3-LS4-3, 4LS1.B, 4-LS1-8, 4-LS1-2, 4-PS3-4, 4-PS3.B, MS-PS4.B, MS-PS4-3, MS-LS1-2, LS1-3, S.RS.04.17, L.OL.04.16, S.RS.06.14


Milky Way K - 5th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Solar Discovery Pre-K (45 min., Available March, 2014)

This program introduces students to our solar system. Utilizing interactive models, children will study the effects of gravity, seasons, and other environmental factors influenced by the orbit patterns of the Sun and Moon.
Cost: $12 per K-5th Grade student, $4 per Pre-K student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: ESS1.B, ESS1.C, ESS2.A, K-2 Engineering, 1-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1:, 5-PS2-1, E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.21, E.ST.M.1


This Really is Rocket Science! 4th - 8th Grade (2 hour workshop)
Students witness a safe static test launch of a real model rocket secured in place while making observations and collecting data about how rockets work up close! The investigation continues as students review physical forces and Newton's Laws of Motion while racing the speed of gravity, investigating the exchange of thermal energy, and creating real-life action/reaction scenarios! Finally, students study rocket design while building their own rockets and will calculate the speed and altitude of their launch!
Cost: $18 per student (includes model rocket).
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: 5-PS2-1,MP.2 (5-ESS2-1), (5-ESS2-2), (5-ESS3-1) , MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-1, MS-PS3-3, M.MR.04.14, A.PA.06.01, P.FM.05.42


Secondary Education

Aviation Design 6th - 12th Grade (1 hour, Available March, 2014)
Students will learn about and discuss theories behind aircraft design, ranging from physical flight characteristics to the evolution of aircraft design and the materials used in their production. Utilizing a wind tunnel, students will see the aerodynamic differences in wing shape and fuselage design and use the Air Zoo's flight simulators to experience flight characteristics of aircraft.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: MS-ETS1-2&3&4, HS-PS2, HS-ETS1-1, HS-PS2-3, P1.1F, P4.3C, P3.4B


High School Independent Challenge 9th-12th Grade (Available March, 2014)
This challenge combines Aviation Science and World History as students embark on a scavenger hunt of Air Zoo exhibits that will take them through time and illustrate the connections between world events and advances in aerospace technology. Participants will work together in small groups.
Cost: $10 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: K1.6, K1.9, P2.2 R, P2.4, P2.5, 7.1.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.2, K1.4, S-PS2-1, MP.2 (5-ESS2-1), (5-ESS2), (5-ESS3-1), 3-5-ETS1-3, MS-PS2-1 (PS2.A), MS-PS2-/PS2-4, P.FM.05.31, P.FM.M.3, S.RS.06.19


Living History of WWII 9th - 12th Grade (2 hours, Available March, 2014)
Students will gain a unique perspective of events in history usually only read about in books. In addition to exploring life in a combat zone, students will also examine how our participation in World War II changed American culture and propelled the United States into the role of a Global Power.
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: K1.6, K1.9, P2.2 R, P2.4, P2.5, 7.1.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.2, K1.4


Mystery at the Museum 6th - 12th Grade (2 hours, Available March, 2014)
Capture the criminal at the Air Zoo! Investigators discover CSI careers, crime scene procedures, and evidence preservation techniques using historic artifacts. The focus in this innovative and unique class will involve solving an Air Zoo mystery by lifting finger prints, analyzing trace evidence with microscopes and synthesizing evidence from the crime scene to narrow down the suspect. Revealing true forensic crime scene techniques will engage and inspire young detectives!
Cost: $12 per student.
Fulfills the Following Requirements*: MS-Planning and carrying out an investigation, MS-Engaging in Argument from Evidence, MS-Structure and Function, MS-Interdependence of Science, MS-ETS1.B, HS-PS1-3, WHST.9-12.7, MP.4, HSN-Q.A.3, RST.11-12.9, B1.1C, B1.1E, S.I.P.07.16,S.RS.06.13


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For more information or to book your visit, please contact our Group and Event Coordinators at 269.350.2848.

Please note that some Air Zoo rides and attractions have height and weight restrictions.

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