Pint-Sized Professors

IMG_0655As the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines stipulate, we know that children are learning every moment of the day. What better way to stimulate new learning than by immersing them in an environment full of awe-inspiring aircraft, space objects, and hands-on learning opportunities? Children are active learners and learn best by being able to touch and experience the world around them. Participants in Pint-Sized Professors will gain meaningful learning in a fun, supportive environment. Whether it’s story time in the belly of the HU-16 Albatross, or a lesson under the stars of our planetarium, children are sure to have a blast at the Strategic Air & Space Museum!

When is the program? Pint-Sized Professors now has a new time beginning October 14th! Join us at 10:00 AM on the second Tuesday of each month.

Who can participate? Children ages 3-5 are welcome. Younger siblings are welcome to tag-along (kids under 3 are free), but will not participate in the activities.

How much is the program? 

Children: $5.00 for museum members, $7.00 for non-members

Parents: Free for museum members, $12.00 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 10 participants.  To register call Sandy 402-944-3100 ext. 211.

What do you do at a Pint-Sized Professor Program? Pint-Sized Professor Programs last 1 hour and include a variety of themed activities. Descriptions are listed below for each program.  A typical program will include a story and two to three hands-on activities. All of our activities align to Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines for Ages 3-5. 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 enjoys interacting with the youngsters and inspiring new interest in STEM topics.


2014 Pint-Sized Professor Programs: 

September 9, 2014: Patterns and Sorting

This is a terrific way to discover ways we can sort and make patterns which paves the way for future math concepts. Let’s read a book and have fun with some hands on activities and crafts that increase pattern recognition and re-creation. Crafts and activities will strengthen children’s problem solving and reasoning skills. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard:  MA 0.2.1.a Sort and name two-dimensional shapes (e.g., square, circle).

October 14, 2014: Spooooky Science

Children will have a great time learning math and science concepts using different sized pumpkins. We will have a great time discovering  new things about pumpkins, read a story, and do a fun fall themed art activity together! This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: SC 2.2.1.a Observe physical properties of objects ( size, texture, shape, weight).

November 11, 2014: Giving Thanks

We are thankful that science can be fun! How do you get a frozen turkey to fly? A catapult! We will learn about levers and simple machines through exciting activities. Launch a small gourd with a catapult! Together, we will read a book and have awesome hands on activities and crafts. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard:  SC 5.2.2.b Describe changes in motion due to outside forces.

December 9, 2014: Mystery Box

What’s in The Mystery Box? Just reach in and find out! The mystery box has openings at both ends covered by soft vinyl, so children can feel, match and compare the objects inside by touch alone. Using their sense of touch to explore is a fun way to increase tactile awareness. We will play a memory game and read a book together to discover how we use our memory and how our sense of touch can help us remember things. This is aligned with the following Nebraska State Standard: MA 1.2.1.b Describe attributes of two-dimensional shapes.