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These exciting science-based programs are designed to support your STEAM curriculum with outstanding hands-on programs. These courses meet state standards for your classes' learning levels. Prepare for your programs and follow up to reinforce concepts with the pre- and post-lesson activities available on our website! Check out our offerings by grade below and contact our Group & Events team at events@airzoo.org or 269.350.2848 to schedule your class today! 

We also have virtual options for those unable to visit!

Program Catalog Coming soon!

 

Please note:
There are scholarship opportunities for your school or organization. For your convenience, descriptions of applicable science standards can be found here ECSQ-PK and NGSS.

 

Pre-K

Fantastic Flying

Discover how people learned to fly by studying birds and experimenting with kites, gliders, and planes! After comparing the shapes and functions of a bird’s body with an airplane, young aviators make their own take-home flying machines. 

K-PS2-Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions 

 

Ocean Kids

Students “dive” into the ocean using realistic puppets, ocean-themed music, and dramatic play to experience the diversity of animal species below the waves. Fish, sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, rays, and more will come to life in this wild ocean environment. Young oceanographers will take home their own unique octopus puppet. 

K – LS1 – From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, K-ESS3 – Earth and Human Activity, K-PS3- Energy

 

Weather Explorers

Children encounter air pressure at work with a large, puppet version of The Cat in the Hat, and explore the question, “What is weather, and why is it important to us?” Kids learn about and utilize the vocabulary of weather, view instruments used to measure our changing atmosphere, and create tools to measure wind direction in this wacky weather workshop. 

K-PS3-Energy, K-ESS2-Earth's Systems, K-ESS3- Earth and Human Activity 

Kindergarten

Astronauts

Astronauts are living in space! Join us for an astronaut challenge as students learn about the special tools and equipment used aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Young explorers end the class by designing their own space suits to take home! 

K-LS1 - From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, 1-LS1-1, 2-PS1-3, K-2-ETS1-1 

 

High Flying Fun

Discover how people learned to fly by studying birds and experimenting with kites, gliders, and planes! Young aviators explore the forces of flight, compare the shapes and structures of a bird’s body with an airplane, and learn about basic aircraft construction while making their own take-home flying machines. 

K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2,  K-2-ETS1-1 

 

Ocean Odyssey

Examine marine aquatic ecosystems, including coral reefs and the deep sea, and learn about the inhabitants that call them “home”. Using realistic marine puppets, children visualize and experience the biodiversity and adaptations of these unique ocean animals. Ocean-themed music will get the kids moving as they conclude the class with an oceanic craft project. 

LS1.CLS2.A, LS2.D, LS4.C, K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-PS3-1, 2-LS4-1 

 

Primary STEAM Engineering Challenge

Jump into the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and then design and build a bridge to protect the goats from the troll. Using the engineering design process, young engineers will work in teams to test and then re-engineer their creations.

K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3

 

1st - 2nd Grade

Astronauts

Astronauts are living in space! Join us for an astronaut challenge as students learn about the special tools and equipment used aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Young explorers end the class by designing their own space suits to take home! 

K-LS1 - From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, 1-LS1-1, 2-PS1-3, K-2-ETS1-1 

 

High Flying Fun

Discover how people learned to fly by studying birds and experimenting with kites, gliders, and planes! Young aviators explore the forces of flight, compare the shapes and structures of a bird’s body with an airplane, and learn about basic aircraft construction while making their own take-home flying machines. 

K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2,  K-2-ETS1-1 

 

Ocean Odyssey

Examine marine aquatic ecosystems, including coral reefs and the deep sea, and learn about the inhabitants that call them “home”. Using realistic marine puppets, children visualize and experience the biodiversity and adaptations of these unique ocean animals. Ocean-themed music will get the kids moving as they conclude the class with an oceanic craft project. 

LS1.CLS2.A, LS2.D, LS4.C, K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-PS3-1, 2-LS4-1 

 

Primary STEAM Engineering Challenge

Jump into the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and then design and build a bridge to protect the goats from the troll. Using the engineering design process, young engineers will work in teams to test and then re-engineer their creations.

K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3

 

Magnet Busters

Explore the wonders of working with magnets while applying the Law of Magnetism to specific problem-solving activities. Students experiment with natural magnets, man-made magnets, electromagnets, and a magnetic sensor to investigate and collect data on what types of materials a magnetic field will pass through.

K-2-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4

 

Milky Way

The solar system is brought down to Earth as students view the planets in our portable planetarium! Young astronomers act out the movements of the sun, moon, and Earth to describe the patterns of night and day in this out-of-this-world program. 

ESS1.B, 1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, 3-PS2-2 

 

Slime Science

Experience chemical changes by creating a variety of “slime” substances in the lab. This messy program includes measuring, using proper lab practices while adhering to the scientific method, and exploring the properties of matter. 

PS1.A, 2-PS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3, 3-5-ETS1-3

 

Dynamic Earth (2nd-4th Grade)

Children reveal Michigan history by digging out “fossils” and learn to interpret map data in this hands-on class. Observe simulated glacial movements that re-create the formation of the Great Lakes. Alter the landscape in our 5-foot stream table model to prevent water erosion and flooding! 

2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3 MI, 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS1-1 MI, 4-ESS2-2

3rd Grade

Magnet Busters

Explore the wonders of working with magnets while applying the Law of Magnetism to specific problem-solving activities. Students experiment with natural magnets, man-made magnets, electromagnets, and a magnetic sensor to investigate and collect data on what types of materials a magnetic field will pass through.

K-2-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4

 

Milky Way

The solar system is brought down to Earth as students view the planets in our portable planetarium! Young astronomers act out the movements of the sun, moon, and Earth to describe the patterns of night and day in this out-of-this-world program. 

ESS1.B, 1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2, 3-PS2-2 

 

Slime Science

Experience chemical changes by creating a variety of “slime” substances in the lab. This messy program includes measuring, using proper lab practices while adhering to the scientific method, and exploring the properties of matter. 

PS1.A, 2-PS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3, 3-5-ETS1-3

 

Storm Chasers

Young meterologists make weather observations, use weather map skills, and operate weather insturments while learning the science behind our changing atmosphere. Students study natural hazards like tornadoes and floods by interacting with a dry ice tornado and a 5-foot stream table model.

3-ESS2.D, 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS3-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ESS2-1, 5ESS2-1 

 

Dynamic Earth (2nd-4th Grade)

Children reveal Michigan history by digging out “fossils” and learn to interpret map data in this hands-on class. Observe simulated glacial movements that re-create the formation of the Great Lakes. Alter the landscape in our 5-foot stream table model to prevent water erosion and flooding! 

2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3 MI, 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS1-1 MI, 4-ESS2-2

 

All Hands on Deck! – Cold War Aircraft Carrier Training

Officers and enlisted personnel: Welcome to your first mission briefing and hands-on training aboard the CV-63 USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier.  As the Cold War continues, your service is required to deliver American warplanes and pilots directly to the frontlines in the Pacific.  Be part of the action as the two major superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, face off. Catapult the F-14 Tomcat and the F-8 Crusader safely off the deck of the carrier into battle. 

3-E1.0.3, 4-P3.1.3, P3.1

 

Getting Into Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers have organ systems that function very much like those of humans. Budding biologists will dissect grasshoppers to examine the external and internal organs that support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.  

3-E1.0.3, 4-P3.1.3, P3.1, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, LS1.A

 

Hot Wired

Students learn the fundamentals of electricity while constructing multiple open and closed circuits, building electromagnets, and relaying messages on a real telegraph! This exploratory course is designed to give students an understanding of how electricity and energy are transferred to devices used in daily life.

PS2.B, 3-PS2-3, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 3-5-ETS1-3 

 

Intermediate STEAM Engineering Challenge

After learning what it takes to build a strong structure with our new Imagination Playground, future engineers will work in teams to design, build, test, and redesign a hurricane tower able to withstand wind and rain. Are you up for the challenge? 

3-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3 

 

Life in Space

Students discover the social and physiological challenges posed by extended stays in space, and see the systems used to sustain life aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Young astronauts work as a team to complete a challenge that simulates the conditions experienced during a spacewalk and learn about current scientific experiments taking place in space. 

3-PS2-2, 3-5-ETS1-1, ESS2.E, 4-PS3-4, 5-PS2-1 

 

Young Aviators

Students explore the science and history of flight during this exciting hands-on experience. Young Aviators experiment with the four forces of flight and learn how to manipulate airplane control surfaces to make their own take-home glider soar! 

3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-4, 5-PS2-1 

4th-5th Grade

Dynamic Earth (2nd-4th Grade)

Children reveal Michigan history by digging out “fossils” and learn to interpret map data in this hands-on class. Observe simulated glacial movements that re-create the formation of the Great Lakes. Alter the landscape in our 5-foot stream table model to prevent water erosion and flooding! 

2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3 MI, 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS1-1 MI, 4-ESS2-2

 

All Hands on Deck! – Cold War Aircraft Carrier Training

Officers and enlisted personnel: Welcome to your first mission briefing and hands-on training aboard the CV-63 USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier.  As the Cold War continues, your service is required to deliver American warplanes and pilots directly to the frontlines in the Pacific.  Be part of the action as the two major superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, face off. Catapult the F-14 Tomcat and the F-8 Crusader safely off the deck of the carrier into battle. 

3-E1.0.3, 4-P3.1.3, P3.1

 

Getting Into Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers have organ systems that function very much like those of humans. Budding biologists will dissect grasshoppers to examine the external and internal organs that support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.  

3-E1.0.3, 4-P3.1.3, P3.1, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, LS1.A

 

Hot Wired

Students learn the fundamentals of electricity while constructing multiple open and closed circuits, building electromagnets, and relaying messages on a real telegraph! This exploratory course is designed to give students an understanding of how electricity and energy are transferred to devices used in daily life.

PS2.B, 3-PS2-3, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 3-5-ETS1-3 

 

Intermediate STEAM Engineering Challenge

After learning what it takes to build a strong structure with our new Imagination Playground, future engineers will work in teams to design, build, test, and redesign a hurricane tower able to withstand wind and rain. Are you up for the challenge? 

3-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3 
 

Storm Chasers

Young meterologists make weather observations, use weather map skills, and operate weather insturments while learning the science behind our changing atmosphere. Students study natural hazards like tornadoes and floods by interacting with a dry ice tornado and a 5-foot stream table model.

3-ESS2.D, 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS3-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ESS2-1, 5ESS2-1 
 

Life in Space

Students discover the social and physiological challenges posed by extended stays in space, and see the systems used to sustain life aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Young astronauts work as a team to complete a challenge that simulates the conditions experienced during a spacewalk and learn about current scientific experiments taking place in space. 

3-PS2-2, 3-5-ETS1-1, ESS2.E, 4-PS3-4, 5-PS2-1 

 

Young Aviators

Students explore the science and history of flight during this exciting hands-on experience. Young Aviators experiment with the four forces of flight and learn how to manipulate airplane control surfaces to make their own take-home glider soar! 

3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-4, 5-PS2-1 

 

Junior Imagineers

Young engineers demonstrate their knowledge of work, energy, and forces while exploring the history and power of simple machines during this hands-on STEAM workshop. After designing and building their own siege machines and participating in a “castle wars” activity, students return home excited about science and engineering! 

3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-3 

 

Lightning Volt

Students discover the fantastic world of static electricity while creating voltage between different objects and transferring electrical energy from one object to another! Activities include experimentation with a Wimshurst static machine, the world’s first battery, and the “hair-raising” 325,000-volt Van de Graaff generator. 

PS3.B, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4 

 

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! 

4-PS3-4, 5-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3 

 

Seeing Stars

Look out to the universe to investigate the sun and stars in our portable STARLAB planetarium! Check out the view from above to observe the patterns of the day and night skies before gravity pulls you back down to Earth. 

5-PS2-1, 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2 

 

Sime Works

Students investigate the science of polymers while exploring the properties of matter in common household materials. By creating a variety of “slime” substances in a lab setting, future chemists discover how changing the ratio of the chemical ingredients affects the outcome of the gooey gak.  Young scientists utilize proper lab practices while developing other unique slimy materials. 

5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4, 3-5-ETS1-3 

 

The Eyes Have It

How does light move through the parts of the eye and get processed by the brain? Investigate the sense of sight in this cow eye dissection class that will make you see the light! 

4-LS1-1, LS1.A, 4-LS1-2 

 

This IS Rocket Science!

Young astrophysicists learn how rockets work by gaining knowledge of physical forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion. They race the force of gravity, investigate the exchange of thermal energy, create real-life action/reaction scenarios, and build and launch their own model rockets (weather permitting). Students take home a reusable model rocket. 

4-PS3-4, 5-PS2-1, PS2.B, PS3.D 

6th-8th Grade

Advanced STEAM Engineering Challenge

Budding engineers expand their knowledge of mechanical advantage, energy, and work while exploring the history and influence of machines in this exciting, hands-on STEAM workshop! After designing and building a compound machine and participating in an innovative engineering challenge, students are sure to go home excited about science and engineering! 

MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS3-5, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4 

 

All Hands on DECK! – Cold War Aircraft Carrier Training

Officers and enlisted personnel: Welcome to your first mission briefing and hands-on training aboard the CV-63 USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier.  As the Cold War continues, your service is required to deliver American warplanes and pilots directly to the frontlines in the Pacific.  Be part of the action as the two major superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, face off. Catapult the F-14 Tomcat and the F-8 Crusader safely off the deck of the carrier into battle. 

6-C.4.3.1, 6-C3.6.2, 8-P4.2.2 

 

Aviation Design

What does it take to design a new aircraft? Aspiring aerospace engineers examine this engineering challenge through studying the four forces of flight, exploring angle of attack, and piloting the Air Zoo’s unique full-motion flight simulators! Students explore aircraft design and aerodynamic principles while building and testing their own wing prototypes in the Air Zoo’s wind tunnel! 

MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4 

 

A View from Orbit

Let the planets and stars come to you in our portable STARLAB planetarium! Students will examine the reasons for the seasons, moon phases, and eclipses while watching the Sun-Earth-Moon system come to life. 

MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3 

 

Flight School Science

Students explore the science and history of flight during this hands-on experience! Participants design and build FPG-9 gliders and experiment with the four forces of flight, control surfaces, and Bernoulli’s Principle. 

PS2.A, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-4, MS-ETS1-2 

 

The Eyes Have It

How does light move through the parts of the eye and get processed by the brain? Investigate the sense of sight in this cow eye dissection class that will make you see the light! 

MS-LS1-3  

 

High Voltage

Students learn the fundamentals of electricity while constructing multiple open and closed circuits, generating electric currents using magnets, and building real electric motors! This exploratory course is designed to give students an understanding of electricity and how energy is transferred to devices used in daily life. 

MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5 

 

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. 

MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-5, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4 

 

Mission to Space

Investigate how aerospace engineers use rockets and space planes to tackle the challenges of reaching space in the 21st century! Students apply their knowledge of Newton’s Laws of Motion while working within time and budget constraints to design successful space vehicles. 

MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS3-5, MS-ESS1-3

 

Mystery at the Museum

A “crime” has been committed at the Air Zoo! Young forensic investigators will learn about real-world Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) protocols such as finger printing, inspection of microscopic evidence, and examination of DNA to identify a suspect using clues found throughout the Air Zoo to solve the crime! 

ETS1.B, RST.6-8.9 

 

This IS Rocket Science!

Young astrophysicists participate in a static test launch of a model rocket, collect data and make observations of how rockets work! Students gain a working knowledge of physical forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion through racing the force of gravity, investigating the exchange of thermal energy, creating real-life action/reaction scenarios, and building and launching their own model rockets (weather permitting). Students take home a reusable model rocket. 

MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS3-5 

9th-12th Grade

Aeronautical Engineering

What does it take to design a new aircraft? Aspiring aeronautical engineers examine this real-world engineering challenge and study Bernoulli’s Principle of air pressure, lift-to-drag ratios, and flight controls. Students explore aircraft design and aerodynamic principles, build and test wing prototypes in the Air Zoo’s wind tunnel, and put their flying skills to the test in the Air Zoo’s full-motion flight simulators.

HS-PS2-1, HS-PS2-2, HS-PS3-3, ETS1.C, HS-ETS1-2

 

Crime Scene Investigation 101

A “crime” has been committed at the Air Zoo! The focus of this innovative and unique class involves solving an Air Zoo mystery utilizing real-world Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) protocols. Young sleuths lift and identify finger prints, analyze trace evidence with microscopes, and synthesize evidence from the crime scene to identify a suspect. Student Crime Scene Investigators work cooperatively to determine the guilty party while discovering CSI careers, real crime scene procedures, and evidence collection and preservation techniques.

HSN.Q.A.3, RST.9-10.9, RST.11-12.9

 

Living History of WWII

Students gain a uniquely personal perspective of the war that changed the world by participating in several realistic role-playing challenges. Students decide whether to enlist in the armed forces, or wait to possibly be drafted, and explore the consequence of their decisions. In addition to experiencing life in various combat zones, students examine how participation in World War II altered the roles of various minority groups living in the United States.

P2.2, P2.3, USHG 7.2.3

Group Scholarship Opportunities 

The Air Zoo's Science Inspiration Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to schools, co-ops, and other organizations for the Air Zoo's new virtual educational programs. Click HERE for an application. 

Educator Resources

The Air Zoo is working to provide educators with an array of resources including lesson plans, grants/funding, and professional development opportunities. Check out our engaging lesson plans now.  For more information please email Amy Walker at awalker@airzoo.org.


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