Activities for Homeschool Students
Science, History, Inspiration.
The Lone Star Flight Museum is a great place for homeschool students to explore the basics of history and the sciences through incredible aircraft that represent American ingenuity and the evolution of aviation.
Individual pricing for activities makes LSFM affordable for families and large homeschool groups. Our classes, tours and hands-on activities are customizable to fit your students’ unit level and interests, and your time frame. And during a time of social distancing, smaller groups of students make for a more comfortable and safe experience.
ALL EDUCATION PROGRAMS – AVAILABLE THURSDAY- SATURDAY (10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.)
- Education staff can discuss options that fit your group during the booking process.
- Take advantage of the Teacher Resources page of curriculum Activity Guides for all ages.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions about any of our programs.
The museum becomes your classroom with self-guided or docent led tours.
- $8 for students, parents and siblings 4 years and older.
- Reservations must be made prior to visit and a single payment made for entire group.
- Docent guided tours (recommended for 13 years and up) may be requested at the time of booking and last about 1-1½ hours.
- Available during regular museum hours.
- Space for lunch can be provided, if available.
AVIATION LEARNING CENTER
The Aviation Learning Center is the interactive centerpiece of the museum’s education programs based on pilot ground school knowledge. Aviation is more than just flying, it incorporates an understanding of many sciences like physics, navigation, and weather. The ALC program can be customized in three different combinations to fit your needs. Jump to the ALC page to find out how.
- $12 per student, includes museum admission. $8 per adult or sibling not participating in ALC for museum admission.
- Reservations must be made ahead of visit and a single payment must be made for entire group.
- Per 1-hour or 2-hour session, minimum group size: 10 students, maximum: 60 students. (During COVID outbreak maximum is reduced to 30)
- Recommended for students 12 and up.
- Available during regular museum hours.
- A classroom is included for the program introduction, debriefing and lunch.
LSFM has classes specifically for Homeschoolers. One-hour classes taught by a museum instructor dig deep into aviation historical events, the science of flight, and engineering. New topics will be added periodically. Have a subject you’re interested in learning? Suggest an idea and we’ll put the class together. Because of the self-discovery and exploratory nature of the classes, a wide range of ages can participate allowing families to take classes together.
• $12 per student, includes museum admission. $8 per adult and sibling for museum admission.
Reservations must be made ahead of visit and a single payment must be made for entire group.
• Per 1-hour session, minimum group size: 10 students, maximum: 24 students for elementary-middle school topics, 60 students for middle school-high school topics. (During COVID outbreak maximum is reduced to 16/24)
• Available during regular museum hours.
Science. Late elementary through middle school.
Aerodynamics can be a drag because it’s one of the four fundamental forces of flight. Experiment with the movement of air around objects to discover what slips through the air easily and what gets pulled by the flow, then experiment with the force of lift from airfoil shapes. Measure and graph the amount of drag to determine the most aerodynamic objects.
RUBBER BAND POWER
Science. Late elementary, early middle school.
Experiment with the ultimate technology in converting potential energy to kinetic – the rubber band. Converting the energy stored in a rubber band to kinetic energy is a great way to make a flying toy go, but can the energy be measured and used to predict flight, and how is this useful in the real world? Through careful data collection and graphing, you’ll find out.
History. Middle school through high school.
Japan has become aggressively Imperialistic to our ally, China. War is breaking out in Asia, but the fatigue of World War I is still felt. Then…Pearl Harbor is attacked, the U.S. has been thrust into war. What would you do?
- Trace the steps that led to the U.S. being pulled into World War II as you decide the action to take at each point.
- Learn about Doolittle’s plan by calculating the math needed to launch a bomber off an aircraft carrier.
- Then take a look at the real thing. Our “Special Delivery” is the only flying B-25 in the colors of the raid, and the amazingly accurate model of the USS Hornet shows just how daring the plane was.
GO ZERO G
Science. Middle school through high school.
Explore the boundary between aviation and space.
- How are aircraft used to train astronauts for life without gravity?
- Discuss and demonstrate the true effects of gravity, the feeling of weightlessness, and how it can be accomplished in an aircraft without leaving the atmosphere.
Sticking to digital learning? Taking a virtual tour of the aircraft hangars is the next best thing to being there. You’ll take a live tour with museum staff through the hangars and hear all about the planes and their incredible stories with an Q & A session. Here’s the bonus! We take you “behind the chains” and show you parts of the aircraft like the cockpits and bomb bays typically not accessible to visitors!
- Each virtual session is 45-55 minutes.
- $100 per session.
- No minimum. Maximum log-ins is 150.
- Available Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
- Alternate hours available for out-of-state.
- Multiple platforms available including Zoom and GoToMeeting.
VISIT SAFE! While social distancing protocols are still in place, LSFM continues to ensure the safety of all our visitors. We are currently accepting homeschool group and field trip reservations. Students are divided into small groups and toured via a rotating schedule to ensure any one area of the museum does not get overcrowded. The museum is 130,000 square feet (large enough to display aircraft!), so there is plenty of room to spread out. Classroom space includes proper social distancing between seated students and is disinfected between groups. The equipment in the Aviation Learning Center is disinfected between uses as well. All visitors and staff have their temperature checked upon entry to the building, masks must always be worn, and hand sanitizer is readily available around the building.