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Homeschool Discovery

Homeschool Discovery Days at the Air Zoo!

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Homeschool Discovery Days are the perfect addition to any homeschool curriculum. The Air Zoo’s homeschool programs are designed to fulfill both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Michigan Science Standards with dynamic, hands-on lesson plans and interactive demonstrations and tours. Prepare for your classes and follow up to reinforce concepts with the pre- and post-lesson activities available on our website! Download the 2021-2022 Education Guide now! 

General Information:

Ages: 5-14
 First Tuesdays of the month, according to schedule.

Times: Check-in/Free time 1-1:45pm
Class/Demonstration/Tour (in rotation by age group) 2-4:30pm
Free time 4:30-5pm

Fees: $11 per participating child (covers admission, classes, tours, and demonstrations), Member discount 10% (must sign in prior to selecting your program online)

An adult must remain on site during the homeschool program. Discounted admission can be purchased at the ticket counter upon arrival: $8 per adult (members free), $7 per non-participating child ages 5 - 18 (members free), Youth 4 and younger free.

Registration: Online registration deadline is 3 pm the Monday before each class. Registration is required for participation. Walk-ins on the day of the event will not be permitted to take a class.

Register online or contact the Air Zoo Events Department at events@airzoo.org or via phone at 269.350.2848.  

Financial Aid and Scholarship funds are available! If applying for Financial Aid/Scholarships, please submit your application prior to registering for a Homeschool Discovery Program. Click HERE to apply on line.

COVID Safety Policy:

•    We encourage all staff, volunteers, members, and guests, ages 2 and up, to wear masks.
•    CLASSROOM/CAMP MASK STATUS: Masks are not required at this time but are encouraged for those who feel comfortable wearing one.   
•    STARLAB™ MASK STATUS: Masks are required for all programming taking place in the Starlab™.

2021-2022 Programs

May 3, 2022 – Physics

Registration Deadline: May 2nd @ 3pm 

The Greatest Show on Earth: Experience the thrills and chills of a lifetime while testing the true power of energy, the laws of physics, and forces in motion.  Audience members demonstrate amazing feats of strength and agility using their scientific knowledge and skill against Thor’s Hammer, the Strongman Hammer Challenge, and the Air Zoo Bumper Car extravaganza!   

Ages 5-7 Motion Madness: Do you have what it takes to design the best amusement park ride ever? Learn what it takes to get things moving by experimenting with forces and motion as you design a ride for a ping-pong ball full of ramps, spirals, cups, and whatever else you can get the ball to ride on. Fasten your seat belts! 


Ages 8-11 Rockin’ Roller Coasters: Young physicists learn how speed, mass, g-force, and potential energy affect the design of the most popular thrill rides on the planet! Students use engineering principles to cooperatively build and test their own large-scale roller coasters in this popular class experience! 


Ages 12-14 Kinetic Coasters: Young physicists learn how acceleration, the Law of Conservation of Energy, and potential and kinetic energy affect the design of the most popular thrill rides on the planet! Students use engineering principles to cooperatively build and test their own roller coasters. 

These classes fulfill the following NGSS: K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-PS3-4, 5-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3, MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-5, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4 


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