The Museum hosted elementary school students for Field Trip Days sponsored by Google. The students participated in activities throughout the Museum in Washington, DC.
The Museum supported the National Math Festival by putting a special emphasis on mathematics in all of its programming for one day.
The Udvar-Hazy Center held an "Hour of Code" event that engaged students in computer coding to increase awareness and build interest in computer programming.
National Robotics Week. The Museum in Washington, DC participated with activities that celebrated recent innovations in robotics.
Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, read her book, Nobody Owns the Sky, to children taking part in a "Reading is Fundamental" (RIF) program. RIF is the largest literacy non-profit in the United States.
This year, five sixth-grade science teachers and their 200 students investigated astronomy and planetary science through classroom activities, field trips, and teacher professional development under the Holt Scholars Program. The Holt Scholars Program is made possible through the generous support of The Hillside Foundation - Allan and Shelley Holt.
A new component to the Wright Brothers and The Invention of the Aerial Age online activity, Engineering the Wright Way, was launched in 2015 and helps students use engineering skills to design and test airplane wings based on the methods of the Wright brothers. Success is determined by how far they are able to electronically fly a Wright-inspired glider of their own design.
Interactive Video Conferences
STEM in 30 is an interactive classroom program consisting of 30-minute live webcasts that engage middle school students in STEM topics. Episodes are presented live online at least once a month during the school year, and archived sessions can be viewed any time.
2,600 students viewed the live broadcasts in 2015, and 450 children watched the broadcasts live in the Museum.
The Museum’s YouTube archive received 3,500 views, and the NASA YouTube archive received 37,000 views. STEM in 30 was made possible through the support of NASA, Boeing, Alcoa Foundation, The Gertrude E. Skelly Foundation, and Safran.
This year’s STEM in 30 topics were:
Lighter, Stronger, Better: Composites
Space Junk: Fast Trash
Oh, You're Just Full of Hot Air: Hot Air Balloons and Air Pressure
WWI: How History Shaped Technology
Earth Day: Earthrise and Photography from Space
Living and Working in Space
Time and Navigation
Asteroid Redirect Mission
ISS: 15 years of Continuous Human Presence
Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Bicycle Guys
Education conducted eight Interactive Video Conferences on these topics: Extremophiles, Looking for Life Beyond Earth, Rockets, Propeller and Jet Planes, Exobiology, Orbital Motion, and Museum Conservation: Spacesuits.