AF museum plans home school day

Staff report

DAYTON — Home school students can explore the world’s largest aviation museum and learn about aviation history and STEM topics during Home School STEM Day, Oct. 2, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn.

During this event, home school children, 5-18, can participate in a number of free educational activities, many focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics 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” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for grades 2 and 3.
• “Role of the President” from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. for grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

• “Engineering for Kids” from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. for grades K and 1.

• “Kite Math” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for grades 4, 5 and 6.

• “Introduction to the Engineering Design Process” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for 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 will be 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

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

Staff report