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Homeschool Discovery Days at the Air Zoo!

Homeschool Discovery Days at the Air Zoo

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

General Information:
Dates: First Tuesdays of the month, according to schedule
Times: Check-in/Free time 1:00 - 1:45, Class/Demonstration/Tour (in rotation by age group) 2:00 - 4:00, Free time 4:00 - 5:00
Costs: Classes $4 per student for most classes, $5 per student for biology classes
Admission: $4 per person (this discounted pricing begins at 1pm on the day of the event). Members and children 4 and under are free
Class Registration: Download a Registration Packet by clicking HERE, and fill out the registration form via the provided instructions. For questions, please refer to the FAQ section in the Registration packet. For issues, contact the Air Zoo Events Department at Events@airzoo.org or or via phone at 269.350.2848. All students must be pre-registered in order to participate in a class. No walk-ins for a class on the day of the program will be permitted. Registration closes at 3:00 pm on the Friday before each program.


To download a Registration packet, click HERE.

October 3, 2017 - Chemistry

Subzero Science Demonstration: What is colder than the coldest place on Earth? Liquid nitrogen! Investigate states of matter as we see liquid boil at room temperature and rubber become as brittle as glass. Freeze things, smash stuff, and pick up lots of cool science along the way!

Classes:
Ages 5-7 years - 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.

Ages 8-11 years - Slime Works: Students investigate the science of polymers while exploring the properties of matter in common household materials. Through testing a variety of slime substances in a lab setting, future chemists learn how different combinations of chemicals can result in oozing oobleck, gooey gak, and squirmy slime. Young scientists develop proper lab practices while adhering to the scientific method!

Ages 12-14 years - Polymer Possibilities: Many of the products you use every day are made of plastics: a type of material called a polymer. By adding different ingredients, engineers can change the look, feel, and behavior of a polymer. Students will model atomic and molecular structure and explore conservation of mass in a chemical reaction while experimenting with a variety of slime substances.

These classes fulfill the following NGSS: PS1.A, K-2-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4, 3-5-ETS1-3, MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-3, MS-PS1-5

Thank you for attending this amazing event!

November 7, 2017 - Aviation

Aerospace through the Ages Tour: Explore the role of aviation in determining the outcome of World War II. This tour introduces participants to the theories, technologies, and tactics employed by the United States Army Air Corps and Navy that led to ultimate victory, and gives an overview of the processes used for training American military pilots and Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) volunteers.

Classes:
Ages 5-7 years - High Flying Fun: 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.

Ages 8-11 years - 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!

Ages 12-14 years - 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.

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


To download a Registration packet, click HERE.

December 5, 2017 - BiologySports Science: Train for the Games Demonstration: What do athletes have to do to train for baseball, swimming, volleyball, archery, or any other sport? Investigate the science behind hand-eye coordination, center of gravity and balance, lung capacity, and much more. Continue your training under extreme conditions by experiencing the effects of weightlessness as you practice for a future of sports in space!

Classes:
Ages 5-7 years - Plant Take Apart: Just like animals, plants have parts with important functions for their survival and reproduction. Students will dissect fruits and vegetables to learn how leaves, stems, fruits, roots and flowers all contribute to the survival of the plant kingdom " and, ultimately, the survival of all living species!

Ages 8-11 years -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!

Ages 12-14 years - 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!

These classes fulfill the following NGSS: K-LS1-1, K-LS1.C, 1-LS1.A, 2-LS2.A, 4-LS1-1, LS1.A, 4-LS1-2, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-8

To download a Registration packet, click HERE.

February 6, 2018 - Astronomy

Reaching for the Galaxy Tour: Discover how science has advanced from the age of Galileo to today's modern space travel. Investigate how the invention of the rocket has been used in both war and peace, experience the thrills of historic space programs, and explore life on the International Space Station (ISS).
Ages 5-7 Milky Way: The solar system is brought down to Earth as students view the planets in our new 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.

Classes:
Ages 8-11 years - Seeing Stars: Look out to the universe to investigate the sun and stars in our new portable 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.

Ages 12-14 years - A View from Orbit: Let the planets and stars come to you in our new portable planetarium! Students will examine the reasons for the seasons, moon phases, and eclipses while watching the sun-earth-moon system come to life.

These classes fulfill the following NGSS: ESS1.B, 1-ESS1-1, 3-PS2-2, 5-PS2-1, 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3

To download a Registration packet, click HERE.

March 6, 2018 - Electricity and Magnetism

Super Science of Superheroes and Super Villains Demonstration: Wouldn t you like to be able to climb walls like Spiderman? Or maybe you would rather learn the attractive secrets of a super villain like Magneto. With your superpowers, you will make objects disappear like the Invisible Woman and create the perfect Storm to blow away the villains.

Classes:
Ages 5-7 years - 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.

Ages 8-11 years - 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.

Ages 12-14 years - 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.

These classes fulfill the following NGSS: K-2-ETS1-3, 1-LS1-1, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, PS2.B, 3-PS2-3, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 3-5-ETS1-3, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5

To download a Registration packet, click HERE.

May 1, 2018 - Engineering

All About Air Demonstration: Air is all around us and is essential to life, but what do we really know about air? Explore the properties of air and experiment with air pressure in this interactive demonstration that will take your breath away.

Classes:
Ages 5-7 years - 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 creation.

Ages 8-11 years - Intermediate STEAM Engineering Challenge:
After learning what it takes to build a strong structure in 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?!?

Ages 12-14 years - 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!

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


To download a Registration packet, click HERE.

Class Registration: Download a Registration Packet by clicking HERE, and fill out the registration form via the provided instructions. For questions, please refer to the FAQ section in the Registration packet. For issues, contact the Air Zoo Events Department at Events@airzoo.org or or via phone at 269.350.2848. All students must be pre-registered in order to participate in a class. No walk-ins for a class on the day of the program will be permitted. Registration closes at 3:00 pm on the Friday before each program.

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