Register to reserve a unique museum experience for your students to learn from an Explainer, one of the National Air and Space Museum’s young adult educators, onsite at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Reserved demonstrations are interactive shows that combine staff-led demonstrations and hands-on activities. These presentations last approximately 15-25 minutes and include live experiments, authentic museum artifacts, and engaging content covering a variety of STEM themes.
Due to limited capacity, Onsite Science Demonstrations will not be available at the Washington, DC museum during the 2022 calendar year.
Programs can be scheduled at 11:00 am Eastern on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as 2:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the school year If you would like to inquire about an alternative program start time please contact the Tours and Reservations Office at NASMTours@si.edu.
These onsite programs are available for a minimum group size of 10 and a maximum group size of 30 participants.
Reserved programs are intended for school groups, homeschool groups, and community-based organizations serving youth that meet the minimum program requirements. If you have questions about your organization’s programming needs that don’t meet our program requirements, please contact NASMTours@si.edu.
How do lift, weight, drag, and thrust affect everything flying in Earth's atmosphere and in space? Visitors will learn what a force is, test their strength against air pressure, explore Bernoulli's principle, and investigate different forms of propulsion. Visitors will discover how things fly while experimenting with the four forces of flight. Forces of Flight is adaptable for grades 3-12. Be sure to select the appropriate grade level within your registration.
What’s it like to live and work aboard the International Space Station (ISS)? What do astronauts wear on spacewalks and how is day-to-day life different in the hazardous environment of space? Visitors will discover real-world artifacts from life aboard the ISS; watch experiments that demonstrate how space affects the human body; and discuss the innovations that allow humans to adapt to life outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Living & Working in Space is adaptable for grades 3-12. Be sure to select the appropriate grade level within your registration.
How do you control an airplane? Explore the concept of stability while making and test flying a simple paper airplane. Use weight to balance your paper airplane and compete against other visitors for the coveted title of “Top Gun” and a special prize. No experience necessary! All materials provided.
The Explainers Program is made possible by the generous support of Raytheon Technologies.