Plan a Field Trip

We are excited to both invite schools to continue to engage in virtual programs and to welcome students and teachers back to the National Air and Space Museum.

If you can’t make it to the Museum you can engage with us virtually. We offer several online reservable programs and our Anytime Expeditions provide on-demand educational resources that can be used in your classroom.

Reservable On-Site Programming at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Demonstrations are 25 minute facilitated programs for groups of 10 or more adaptable for grades K-12.  Students will learn from the Museum’s Explainers about various STEM topics. Our demonstrations include live experiments, authentic museum artifacts, and engaging content.

STEAM Labs are 60 minute facilitated inquiry-based programs for groups of 10 or more that are based on the collections of the Museum. Museum educators use a combination of demonstrations, experiments, and hands-on activities to take students on a deep dive into aviation and aerospace.

Flights of Fancy Story Times are 30 minute facilitated programs for grades K-2 in groups of 10 or more. The centerpieces of these experiences are a read-aloud with a museum educator, a chat about an image or other museum resources related to the topic, and a craft activity demonstrated by the Museum Educator.

Student tours are 60 minute facilitated walk-throughs of the Museum for grades 3 and led by the Museum’s Docents.  The tours are for groups of 10 or more and cover a variety of topics that align with the museum’s STEAM Lab content.

Goosechase Scavenger Hunts are self-guided reserved scavenger hunts for groups of 10 or more that utilize the Goosechase mobile app and incorporate artifacts on display in our Museum. These scavenger hunts are flexible enough to be done on-site during a visit to the Museum or can be completely remote. Our GooseChase competitions are aligned with our STEAM Lab content and challenge participants to demonstrate what they know about the topics in a way that embraces creativity and multiple learning styles. These scavenger hunts can be completed using any handheld device.

Reservable Virtual Programming

Virtual Science Demonstrations are 30 minute facilitated interactive shows hosted by the Museum’s Explainers for groups of 10 or more and are adaptable for grades 3-12. The  audience engages with our dynamic presenters about various STEM topics. Virtual Demonstrations are hosted on Zoom or Teams.

Virtual Planetarium Shows are 45-60 minute facilitated interactive shows hosted by Museum educators and are adaptable for grades K-8. They explore Earth’s sky, and discover how patterns and motions of the Solar System affect our everyday lives. Virtual Planetarium Shows are hosted on Zoom or Teams.

Flights of Fancy Virtual Story Times are 30 minute facilitated programs for grades K-2 in groups of 10 or more. These experiences include a read-aloud with the museum educator, a video chat about an image or other Museum resources related to the topic, and a craft activity demonstrated by the museum educator. Virtual Story Times are hosted on Zoom or Teams.

Goosechase Scavenger Hunts are reserved digital scavenger hunts for groups of 10 or more that utilize the Goosechase mobile app. GooseChase competitions are aligned with Anytime Expeditions content and challenge participants to demonstrate what they know about the topics in a way that embraces creativity and multiple learning styles. These scavenger hunts can be completed using any handheld device and can take place anywhere.

What does it take to get people to the Moon? During this live, hour-long, docent-led experience students will encounter the same challenges and questions as the engineers, astronauts, and scientists of the historic Apollo 11 mission who succeeded in this groundbreaking endeavor. Virtual Tours are hosted on Zoom or Teams.

Self-Guided Programming

Self-Guided Expeditions provide a structured self-guided engagement around a common theme that highlights 10-15 Museum artifacts. These Expeditions are flexible enough to be used on-site during a visit to the Museum or can be completely remote. (Modeled after Google Expeditions)

Paper and digital scavenger hunts are available and provide self-guided activities to explore the Museum’s artifacts during your visit to the Museum around a central theme.

Anytime On Demand Programming

Anytime Expeditions are on-demand experiences for grades 3-12. The Museum’s Educators have curated nine standards-aligned Expeditions and provided a Flight Plan to guide teachers through the ready-to-go resources and how to enhance student learning through content deep-dives, hands-on activities with adaptations for completion at home, and artifact immersions that connect museum collections to classroom content.

My Flight My Space is an interactive portal designed to make discovery learning on the Air & Space Museum website accessible to all.  The portal allows users to customize their learning journey—including the level, length, and topic of resources suggested—and supports independent exploration with a system of rewards for completing lessons and meeting learning goals. The platform was designed, specifically, with the learning styles of our visitors with autism in mind and offers a way for visitors to stay connected with the museum.

STEM in 30 is an Emmy-nominated program for middle school students produced by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. These 30 minute episodes are great for classroom use. New episodes are released every month, featuring hands-on activities, explainers on aviation and space topics aligned with national standards, and interviews with experts from the Museum and beyond.

Our Learn @ Air and Space resources include virtual programs, activities, educator resources and more, for you to enjoy with a class or learners to enjoy independently. Explore now!

Educational Resources

Bring the wonder of Air and Space to life through videos, hands-on activities, games, and more. We have something for every learner. These learning resources bring the National Air and Space Museum’s one-of-a-kind collections and world class research to you, anywhere and anytime.

The How Things Fly website is a dynamic online experience that helps learners build an understanding of the physics of flight.

The National Air and Space Museum hosts several curated collections of resources and activities on Smithsonian Learning Lab tied to air and space that include implementation instructions. 

Plan a Field Trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

Due to limited capacity, all on-site field trips at the Museum in Washington, DC will be self-guided for the 2021/22 school year. 

Plan a Field Trip to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Facilitated on-site programming is available at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA along with several self-guided activities.