2014 Home School Days

IMG_0638Home Schoolers! Get ready for a fun day at the Strategic Air & Space Museum with a program designed specifically for home school families. Students of all ages will participate in hands-on, interactive activities in a themed workshop. These workshops are limited to 15 total students so register early!

When is the program? Home School Days are monthly at 1:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month.

Who can participate? Students ages 7-15 are welcome. Younger siblings are welcome to tag-along, but will not participate in the activities.

How much is the program? 

Students: $4.00 for museum members, $6.00 for non-members

Parents: Free for museum members, $4.00 for non-members

Program cost includes museum admission and all activities.

How can I register? Program registration may be made at any time, but space is limited to 15  participants.  To register call Sandy 402-944-3100 ext. 211.

What do you do at a Home School Days Program? Home School Days Programs last 60-90 minutes and include a variety of themed activities. Descriptions are listed below for each program.  A typical program will include a short lecture and two to three hands-on activities. All of our activities align to Nebraska State Standards. Programs may include one or more of the following areas of instruction: Science, Mathematics, Language and Literacy Development, Health and Physical Development, Approaches to Learning, Social and Emotional Development, and Creative Arts.

Who teaches this program? Our seasoned education staff is proud to offer student focused programing. Sandy, a former home school educator, helms this program. Sandy is assisted by Evan, who gets a real kick out of interacting with inquisitive young scientists.

 

2014 Home School Days Programs:

September 11, 2014: States of Matter

 Matter is everything around you. But what is it exactly? Through some exciting hands on activities we will investigate the states of matter and how states of matter can change. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC2.2.1.d Identify solids and liquids and recognize that liquids take the shape of their container.

October 9, 2014: Space

What is in space? Together we will explore our own solar system and learn about planets, stars, and galaxies.  Through a planetarium show and hands-on activities we will investigate similarities and differences among the planets. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC2.4.1.a Identify objects in the sky (the Sun, the Moon, the stars) and when they are observable.

November 13, 2014: Engineering Design Challenge

Anything that is built must first be engineered, or planned out. An engineer is a person who designs and builds complex products, machines, systems, or structures. Let’s investigate basic engineering concepts with a hands-on tower building activity. Students will learn about prototype and testing phases of the design process. Students will work each other to design and implement their ideas. The following is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standards: SC8.1.3.b Design a solution or product;  SC8.1.3.c Implement the proposed design; SC8.1.3.d Evaluate completed technological designs or products.

December 11, 2014: Meteorology

Severe weather affects millions of people every year. How do meteorologists predict storms? What is the difference between a snowstorm and a blizzard? Together we will explore some of the key principles of meteorology and examine some of the technology that is helping meteorologists to predict our winter weather. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC5.4.3.b  Observe, measure, and record changes in weather.

 2015 Home School Days Programs:

January 8, 2015:  Cubelets

Have fun while you learn about robotics with these educational magnetic modular blocks. Playing with these modules allows children to develop an intuitive understanding of complex systems. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC8.1.3 Students will solve a design problem which involves one or two science concepts.

 February 12, 2015: Pioneers of Flight

Learn about the courage of the Wright Brothers and the Tuskegee Airmen who overcame gravity and more to achieve their dream of flight! This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SS 0.4.2.a Identify the contributions of historical people and the impact of symbols, including various cultures and ethnic groups.

March 12, 2015:  Impact of Inventions

Ever wonder what life would be like without light bulbs, traffic lights or farmers’ almanacs? Many inventors, such as Benjamin Banneker, Garrett Morgan, Eli Whitney, George Washington Carver and Patricia Bath, have changed our daily lives. Using a timeline, experiments, hands-on activities and role playing, investigate the impact of their inventions, and others, on the past, present and perhaps, the future. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SS 0.4.2 Students will identify historical people, events, ideas, and symbols.

April 9, 2015:  Seismology

Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis are more common than you might think. Learn about plate tectonics. Discover the forces at work to create these catastrophic events and experiment with some methods to protect buildings and other structures from the movement of the Earth’s crust. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC8.4.2.e Compare and contrast constructive and destructive forces that impact Earth’s surface.

 May 14, 2015:  Meteorology

Hurricanes and tornados affect millions of people every year, yet scientists still know little about how they form or how to prepare for their wrath. Explore some of the key principles of meteorology and examine some of the technology that is helping meteorologists to predict the weather every day. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC5.4.3.b Observe, measure, and record changes in weather (temperature, wind direction and speed, precipitation).

  June 11, 2015:  Forces and Motion

Join us while we make Newton’s three laws come alive! Are there different types of energy? Students will learn about speed, velocity, and acceleration as well as action and reaction. Together we will learn about the law of conservation of energy and more! This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC8.2.2 Students will investigate and describe forces and motion.

 July 9, 2015:  Geology Rocks!

What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? Let’s find out! Students will learn about the layers of the earth, their composition, depth, temperatures, and their relation to minerals. Together we will use magnifying glasses and rock samples to broaden our knowledge of rocks and the rock cycle. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC8.4.2.f Describe the rock cycle.

August 13, 2015:  Somewhere Out There – Astronomy

How can we explore the night sky?  Create star finders, learn how telescopes work, and enjoy a show in our planetarium during this fun introduction to astronomy. Join us while we learn about constellations, stars, and planets. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC2.4.1.a Identify objects in the sky (the Sun, the Moon, the stars) and when they are observable.

September 10, 2015:  Sunlight, Shadows and Sundials

Students will have a better understanding of the relationship between the Sun and Earth after they complete this timely workshop. Students will create their own sundial to take home with them. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC5.4.1.b Recognize the motion of objects in the sky (the Sun, the Moon, stars), change over time in recognizable patterns.

October 8, 2015:  Build a Bug

Do you have the Bug? Come and build one then put it down to watch it wander around the floor as if it’s alive. Best of all, you take it home with you for more exploration and fun. Play with Hexbugs; build one out of a toothbrush! This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC8.1.3 Students will solve a design problem which involves one or two science concepts.

November 12, 2015:  The Scientist in Me

What is a scientist? What do they do? What skills are needed to be a scientist? This lab workshop will help you develop the skills needed for science inquiry and more! What is the scientific method? How does it help us learn? We will find out about the scientific method and put it into practice with a fun chemistry experiment. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC5.1.2 Students will describe how scientists go about their work.

December 10, 2015:  Cartography

What is map-making? How do we read a map?  What is longitude and latitude? Locate continents, countries, and cities with your new map reading skills! This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SS 0.3.1.c Identify tools such as maps and globes as representations of local and distant places; SS 0.3.1.e Identify land and water on a globe.