Get ready for a fun day at the SAC Aerospace Museum with a program designed specifically for homeschool families. Students of all ages will participate in hands-on, interactive activities in a themed workshop. These workshops are limited to 30 total students so register early!
Questions? Contact staff to get the best experience possible for your students by calling 402-944-3100 ext. 210, or emailing the Education Department.
When is the program? Homeschool Days are held at 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Occasionally, special tours and workshops are offered throughout the year. Additionally, programs can be offered on demand by contacting the Education Department.
Who can participate? Homeschool Days are geared toward ages 7-15. Younger siblings are welcome to tag-along, but will not participate in the activities.
How much is the program?
Children: $5 for members, $7 for non-members
Parents: Free for museum members, $7 for non-members
Program cost includes museum admission and all activities.
How can I register? Registration is filled out online HERE. Program registration may be made at any time, but space is limited to 30 participants.
What do you do at a Homeschool Days Program? Homeschool 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.
2016 - 2017 Homeschool Days Programs:
All lessons suitable for all ages unless otherwise indicated.
January 5, 2017: "Earthquakes"
Kids will learn all about how Earthquakes work. They will also build their own Seismograph and a miniature building to test against an Earthquake.
February 2, 2017: "Skyscrapers"
Learn about the history of skyscrapers and how they are built. Kids will get to design the inside of their own skyscraper and construct a miniature version of their skyscraper.
March 2, 2017: "High Altitudes with SAC"
Kids will learn about flying, and flight design, for high altitude from the historical perspective of Strategic Air Command and how their engineers overcame the challenges of high altitude flight.
April 6, 2017: "Paleontology"
Kids will learn all about Paleontology, such as uncovering fossilized remains and the history of the first Paleontologists including the time bone diggers threw bones at each other! Day will conclude with a demonstration of a brand new board game inspired by today’s topic called “The Great Dinosaur Rush."
May 4, 2017: "The Titanic"
In this “titanic” combination of history and STEM, kids will learn all about the history of the Titanic, her tragic sinking, and the science behind it! Activities include a foray into Boat Design, Water Displacement, Buoyancy, the Science of Icebergs and how Titanic artifacts are conserved.
June 1, 2017: "Wind Power"
Kids will be big “fans” of wind power after today, when they learn all about the wind, how it moves, and how we can use it for power.
July 6, 2017: "Crime Scene Investigators"
Kids will learn the basics and CSI investigators including how to find fingerprints, and how to measure someone’s height from just their footprint.
August 3, 2017: "STEM Underwater"
Kids will learn various applications of STEM research into learning more about our Oceans. Kids will construct an Aqua Scope and learn how scientists count fish!
September 7, 2017: "Coding Without Computers"
Through interactive activities and games, kids will learn the basics of computer coding without a Computer! Plus, they will get to design their own coding board game!
October 5, 2017: "Trans-Canada Oil Pipeline Challenge"
Bringing state current events into the mix, kids will learn about the Trans-Canada Oil Pipeline and some of the benefits (or consequences) the Pipeline would have brought to our state. Kids will put their newfound knowledge by working together, in groups, to build their own Pipeline to transport 10 ml of Water from one end to the other!
November 2, 2017: "Pringles Design Challenge"
In this twist on the Egg Drop Engineering Challenge kids will, instead, be building a storage device to safely transport a single Pringles chip and it must stay a whole piece!
December 7, 2017: "Change in the Sand"
Kids will learn about magnets, magnetism, and put the knowledge to the test by building a device to retrieve loose change, and keys, from a Sand Dune that they are not allowed to step into.