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Welcome Educational Program Offerings

Table of Contents Grade Pre-K.................................................................. 4 Grades K - 2.................................................................. 5 Grades 3 - 5............................................................... 6-7 Grades 6 - 12................................................................ 8 Space Explorers Mission Simulator......................... 9 Wacky Weather Wednesday...................................... 9 Science Teacher of the Year...................................... 9 Teacher Workshops and In-services..................... 10 Educator Resource Center for NASA Langley..... 10 Traveling Exhibits..................................................... 11 Permanent Exhibits.................................................. 12 IMAX Film Library..................................................... 13 Planning Checklist................................................... 14 Group Options & Fees............................................. 15

Scheduling your group visit

The Virginia Air & Space Center has created an array of educational programs for grades pre-K through 12, designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning guidelines and National Science Education Standards, and stimulate your students’ interests in the fields of aviation, space, science and technology. Our informal science education approach promotes “learning through doing” which allows students to explore the basics of scientific principles in a fun and engaging environment outside of the classroom.

One-Hour Programs Interactive, curriculum-enhancing programs teach the basic principles of science, aviation, math and space technology. Students are challenged to develop inquiry skills and use hands-on investigation to find solutions to scientific problems.

30-Minute Demonstrations Live, hands-on demonstrations offer students the opportunity to investigate, experiment and explore space, aviation, math and technology.

Tours Docent-led tours of our permanent exhibits are available at no additional cost, or ask for free time in the exhibits. Tours led by a museum docent offer an in-depth look at our numerous air and space artifacts and hands-on exhibits. Docents are museum volunteers who have a keen interest in aviation or space and have been through extensive training to conduct tours of our exhibits.

Advance reservations are required for educational tours, demonstrations, programs, and IMAX films. Dates fill up quickly, so schedule your visit as early as possible. To make your reservation please do one of the following: Call: (757) 727-0900 ext. 780 or (800) 296-0800 ext. 780 Fax:

(757) 727-0898 Attn: Group Sales


Virginia Air & Space Center Attn: Group Sales Manager

Legend of Symbols

600 Settlers Landing Rd.

Science on the Move Outreach program

Hampton, VA 23669-4033

Program meets Virginia’s Standards of Learning guidelines

E-mail: After scheduling your visit, you will receive a reservation confirmation and directions on how to access pre-visit materials on-line. (Please provide two weeks notice.)

The mission of the Virginia Air & Space Center is to educate, entertain and inspire explorers of all ages.


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New Offering! Scheduling Tip

Engage, Educate and Entertain Science on the Move - Museum Outreach Let us bring the Virginia Air & Space Center to you through our Science on the Move outreach program. Nearly all of our regular educational programs and demonstrations are available as an outreach for those schools that are unable to travel to the Center. Programs can be held in classrooms, gymnasiums, libraries, cafeterias or other demonstration halls. There is a maximum of 60 students per session.

Thanks to our community partner:

For additional information and/or prices please contact Swee Hart. or (757) 727-0900, ext. 759. Look for this symbol throughout this guide for programs and demonstrations available as outreach programs!


Goody Bags

Bag lunches may be brought for a picnic in Carousel Park. Located adjacent to the Virginia Air & Space Center.

Let your students take a piece of VASC home with them!

• Aviation Glider • VASC Velvet Pencil

Boxed lunches are available upon request, with seven days notice. Please call 727-0900, ext. 780 for lunch menu options and prices. Be sure to provide an accurate count of students and chaperones when ordering.

• Floating Space Keychain • VASC Postcard

• Combo A: Cold Cut Sandwich served on a Kaiser roll with lettuce & tomato *Choice of Ham or Turkey • Combo B: Café Combo with two hot dogs • Combo C: Chicken Fingers • Vegetarian options available upon request.

All combos include: A bag of chips, 12 oz. soft drink, & cookie.

Only $ 5.50 + tax per child!



**Each combo price includes tax** All prices are subject to change**

Ask about customizing a goody bag for your group! * Items subject to change.

Opportunity Program, Inc. Find out if your group qualifies for free or reduced admission The Virginia Air & Space Center Opportunity Program Inc.’s goal is to serve disadvantaged students, students of low income families, and mentally and physically challenged children. The program provides an opportunity for students to participate in educational programs (grades pre-K - 12) at a reduced price or for free.

To see if your group qualifies for free or reduced admission, please submit a letter of request stating that your group falls within 150% of the poverty guidelines (numbers are based on income levels for participant’s families and/or free lunch statistics for school groups). You may email it to or fax it to 757-727-0898. Group sales will contact you once the letter is reviewed. Costs for these services are paid for by the Opportunity Program Inc., funded by generous contributors such as the VuBay Foundation, Northrop Grumman & Wachovia.

For more information call 757-727-0900, ext. 780 or email -

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Pre - K

Shape Up Foundation Blocks: Math 1a, 4a, b, c

30 minute demonstrations From Little To Big Foundation Blocks: Science 4a, b, 6c

Using visual cues, supplemented with oral and written cues, the students will identify and review the life needs of living things. They will sing a song that reinforces the life needs of living things. The students will recognize, sort and match pictures of young living things and their grown-up versions.

Spud Senses Foundation Blocks: Science 1a - Mathematics 4a, 6a

Using a life size, cuddly spud, students will have a great time using their senses! As a face is created out of our friendly “potato,” observations will allow students to classify shapes, develop picture graphs, and identify different smells. Simple tools, such as a magnifying glass, help enhance the sensory experience.

It Matters Foundation Blocks: Science 1a, b, d, 3d, e, f Math – 1b, c, d, 3b, c

The students will investigate the properties of matter that make solids, liquids and gasses. They will learn the terms solid, liquid, and gas, and identify objects as such. The students will witness how ice turns into water and then steam, and what happens when a solid and liquid mix.

Magnets Foundation Blocks: Science 2a, b

Students will experiment with magnets to see first-hand the effects they have on objects. Through various activities, students will learn that magnets are “attracted to” some objects and “not attracted to” other objects. Students will also discover that magnets have poles, and the effects that magnets have on other magnets when the poles are involved.

Patterns in Nature Foundation Blocks: Science 1a, c, 3c, 6b

Students will discover through natural objects and photographs that nature has various patterns. They will identify basic properties of natural objects by direct observation. They will also identify textures and feel of natural objects. Finally, students will observe and classify the shapes and forms of common natural objects.

Go Green! Foundation Blocks: Science 7a, b • Math – 6a

Recycling will be fun and easy as students recognize the difference between trash and recyclable materials. They will identify and sort recyclable items and recognize items that have been reused to make new, fun things. They will reuse paper to make a poster to take back to their classrooms.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the new exhibit Sustainable Choices (Sept. 24 - Jan. 3)


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Students will examine basic shapes in their everyday lives. Through various activities, students will recognize basic shapes and describe how the shapes are similar and different. Students will also match and sort basic shapes. Finally, students will be able to compare two groups of shapes and describe the groups using the terms “more,” “fewer,” and “same.”

Weather Around Us Foundation Blocks: Science 6a

Through various activities students will recognize that what we wear depends on the weather. Students will investigate weather patterns of various seasons, and temperatures associated with those seasons. They will choose appropriate clothing based on daily weather.

Measure Me Foundation Blocks: Mathematics 3a, b, c

Students will learn about different types of measurement. They will identify a clock, balance scale, ruler, measuring cup, and thermometer and discuss what each item measures. The students will match a measurement to the item used, and will experience how the measuring cup, balance scale and thermometer work through hands-on group investigation.

Transportation Foundation Blocks: History & Social Science - 2b, c, d, e, g Mathematics Foundation Block - 6a

Students will sort and classify pictures of motor vehicles, flying machines and boats into the present and past categories. They will make a simple time line using pictures to see how airplanes have changed over time. They will look at pictures of cars and flying machines of the future, and as a group, design a space ship of the future.

Star Pictures Foundation Blocks : Mathematics 4a, b, c, d

Students will learn what a constellation is. They will see familiar constellations and will identify common and familiar shapes within them. They will explain what the overall picture looks like. Several volunteers will come up to place stars on a board to form a new constellation. The class will decide what shape or picture the new constellation makes.

That’s How It Grows Foundation Blocks: Science 1b, 6c

Students will be able to recognize the stages of plant growth from seed to flower using pictures and words. They will observe the necessary elements needed to sustain a plant’s life such as sun, water, and soil. Students will name the four basic parts of a flowering plant.

That’s How it Grows

Grades K-2 1 Hour Programs Balls, Ramps & Rolling Things SOL: K.1a, d, e, K.3, K.4a, b, d, 1.1b, c, 1.2, 2.1c, 2.2

Students will explore the world of force and motion, and investigate gravity, magnets and friction. They will use their senses to identify heavy and light objects. Students will predict how gravity will make objects move, then conduct experiments with ramps to check their prediction. They will also experiment with magnets and learn how they can move objects.

Space Cadets SOL: K.1, K.4, K.6, 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5

Students will observe models of the sun, Earth and moon, and then identify the color, shape and relative size of the objects. Using an astronaut puppet, students will identify what living things need to survive (food, water, air and shelter), and how to provide those needs in space. They will learn that animals, including people, cannot survive in space unless their needs are met, and that they depend on the surroundings to meet their needs.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX film Space Station 3D & Hubble 3D (p.13) and the demonstration Space Freeze I .

Wee Weather SOL: 1.7, 2.6

Students will collect weather data (temperature, wind and precipitation provided by simulated weather instruments. They will identify these readings with the actual pattern of weather or climate represented & will choose appropriate clothing for the various weather conditions indicated. Students will explore water cycles and identify the different types of clouds.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX film Forces of Nature

(p.13). Also, See page 9 for details on Wacky Weather Wednesdays with WVEC-TV 13.

30 minute demonstrations

Spud Senses SOL: K.1, K.2a, b, 1.1, 1.5a, b, c

Using a life size, cuddly spud, students will have a great time using their senses! As a face is created out of our friendly “potato,� observations will allow students to classify shapes, develop picture graphs, and identify different smells. Simple tools, such as a magnifying glass, help enhance the sensory experience.

Animal Kingdom SOL 1.5, 1.7, and 2.5

The students will identify the life needs of animals. They will understand how physical characteristics help animals survive in their habitats and match animals to their characteristics. Participants will discover how seasonal changes and weather affect animals, and, through role play, find their places in the system of living things.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX film Born to Be Wild (Opens April 8, 2011)

Structures SOL: Science 2.1, Social Studies 2.1, 2.3, Mathematics 2.20

Using pictures and models, students will identify three dimensional figures used in the architecture of ancient civilizations including pyramids (Egypt), columns & arches. They will also identify the use of these basic structures in modern construction. Conducting an experiment, students will first predict the ability of structures to support increased weights, and then observe the result of the experiment.

Jr. Mad Scientist SOL: K.1, 1.1, 2.1

The students will investigate the nature of science using the scientific method and observing simple experiments. With emphasis on observation and prediction. The students will identify the states of matter and classify objects within each state, as well as identify and classify two and three-dimensional shapes in order to construct a graph. Using a bell jar, the students will make observations and predictions on the effect of a vacuum on common objects. A balance scale will be used to test the accuracy of weight predictions made only by visual observation.

Magnets Space Freeze I: A Cryogenics Demo SOL: 1.1a, g, 2.1, 2.3

Observing liquid nitrogen, students will learn that matter changes state from gas to liquid as temperature decreases, and from liquid to gas as heat is added. Students will predict and observe the results as airfilled balloons are experimentally submerged in a container of liquid nitrogen. They will observe how liquid nitrogen causes a physical change in water.


SOL K.3, 1.2, 2.2


Students will view the push and pull forces of magnets. They will identify objects that can be moved or picked up by magnets and explain uses for magnets. They will see a metal pin become a magnet and used to make a compass.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX films Space Station 3D & Hubble 3D (p.13) and the program Space Cadets.

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Grades 3-5 1 Hour Programs Under the Weather SOL - 3.9b, 4.6

Using an appropriately-sized barbell weight, students will be introduced to standard atmospheric pressure, & they will observe the indications on a barometer to determine pending changes in the weather. Students will collect weather data representing different climates and will identify those readings with the actual pattern of weather or climate represented. Using a model, students will observe the water cycle.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX film Forces

of Nature (p.13). Also, See page 9 for details on Wacky Weather Wednesdays with WVEC-TV 13.

Shake, Rattle and Roll SOL Science - 4.1, 5.1, 5.7 • Social Studies - VS.1, VS.2

Students will use real seismic data and satellite images (using Magic Planet) to understand how plate tectonics create earthquakes and volcanoes. They will discuss the major types of plate boundaries and use the rock cycle to compare/contrast the origins of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. They will study the major features of the ocean, and their relationships to the motions of the plates.

Scream Machines Science SOL - 3.1a, c, j, 4.1a, b, 4.2a, c, d, 5.1h

Students will explore the science concepts engineers apply in building fantastic roller coasters. They will investigate the inertia & force concepts at work in our everyday lives. Students will be introduced to force, motion, and energy through interactive demonstrations featuring gravity, potential and kinetic energy and friction. They work in collaborative teams to design and model a simulated roller coaster ride, and then use the scientific method to improve the performance of their designs.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the demonstration Master Machines.

Moon Colony SOL Science - 3.9 C/D, 3.11, 4.7, 5.7A • History - 3.10

Take a trip to the future as we colonize the Moon. Students will compare and contrast surface conditions of the moon and Earth, describe a contribution of the Apollo missions to our understanding of the moon, and identify the actions required to sustain life in a lunar colony. What obstacles do we have to overcome? Students will identify energy sources that can be used to support a lunar colony.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX films Space Station 3D (p.13) and Hubble 3D (p.13), and the demonstration Space Freeze II (p.7).


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Living Planet SOL Science - 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 4.4, 4.5 Social Studies - 3.5

Through active game participation, students will explore habitats and discover how animals’ behavioral and physical adaptations help them survive their environment. Using a terrarium, students will study a closed environment and observe the water cycle in action. They will investigate the interdependency of plants and animals, gain an understanding of soil and its importance, and discover why photosynthesis is so crucial to live.

Mad Scientist

Science SOL- 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.4 Math - 3.14, 4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 5.11

Students will investigate the nature of science using the scientific method to perform real experiments. They will conduct preliminary observations & form hypotheses about the materials on which they will experiment. Students will test their ideas with experiments to determine the state of matter of unknown substances, by measuring weight, volume, temperature and dimensions. They will prove that using just their senses is not an adequate method for obtaining results. They will collect data through observations and use scientific reasoning to draw a conclusion.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the demonstration Space Freeze II (p.7).

30 minute demonstrations

Master Machines SOL - 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2

Space Freeze II: A Cryogenics Demo SOL - 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.4

Students will learn that two different elements which comprise the largest components of the Earth’s atmosphere are gases at normal ambient temperature. They will learn that matter changes state as temperature decreases or increases. Students will predict and observe the results as air-filled balloons are submerged in a container of liquid nitrogen. They will learn the temperature for nitrogen phase change between liquid and gaseous states using both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX films Space Station 3D (p.13) & Hubble 3D (p.13) and the program Moon Colony (p.6).

Students will be introduced to the six simple machines (levers, pulleys, screws, wheels and axles, inclined planes and wedges) and how they can be combined to make complex machines. They will study ordinary tools and vehicles to find out which simple machines they contain. Students will use a simple machine to apply a force and move an object.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the program Scream Machines (p.6).

“Go Green”


SOL 3.10, 3.11

Bring on the Noise

SOL - 5.1, 5.2

Students will listen to & even see) sound waves pass through different materials. They will experiment with sound waves and explore how to change their frequency and wavelength. Students will make predictions and observe how the pitch of a sound changes with different musical instruments. Students will learn how to transform other forms of energy into acoustic energy, and how we use sound every day.

Students will see the effects of pollution and natural events habitats of living org on anisms. They will determine if the eff are caused by huma ects n or natural activity. Pa renewable and nonre rticipants will identi fy newable resources and discover altern energy sources tha ative t will help conserv e an resources. d renew the Earth ’s


heduling Tip! Goes well with the new tra Sustainable Choic veling exhibit es (p.11) - Opens Se ptember 24.

LIGHTen Up SOL - 5.3

Students will name the colors of the visible spectrum of light. Using a chart, they will identify the relationship between wavelength and color. By observing how the path of a laser beam is altered experimentally by a mirror, a prism and while passing through water, students will discover the principles of reflection and refraction. Students will learn whether an object is transparent, translucent or opaque by observing whether or not light and image passes through the object.

Mysteries of Flight SOL - 3.1, 3.2, 3.11, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.4

Students will identify simple machines which compose complex machines, like airplanes. They will discover how aircraft use energy to overcome the force of gravity and how they are made to adjust from the effect of heat from friction. They will explore the forces and principles of flight and how aircraft are similar to natural flying machines like birds and bats.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX film Legends of Flight

3D beginning October 1 (p.13), and a tour of the Adventures in Flight gallery (p.12).

Earth, Moon & Sun SOL 4.7


The students will demonstrate the rotation and revolution of the Earth and understand why we have the seasons. Students will identify phases of the moon and see a demonstration on how they occur. Using a time line, the class will learn about the Space Race and the Apollo missions that sent man to the moon.

Magic of Electricity SOL - 4.3

Modeling an atom, students will learn about insulators and conductors by observing the flow of electrons between atoms. Using an energy ball, students will learn about open and closed circuits. By experimentally removing bulbs from series and parallel circuits, students will differentiate between the circuits. To study static electricity, students will observe how a Van de Graaff generator delivers electrical charge to develop an electrostatic force, and how such force attracts or repels objects.

Gross Science! Science SOL - 3.4a, 3.5, 4.5c, f Students will take a close look at the producers, consumers and decomposers of the food chain. Examine owl pellets and see what happens to the rodents an owl eats, learn about mosquitoes and why they bite you and see how phytoplankton makes the underwater world go around. Discover why the world needs dung beetles and dare to eat a grub!

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the program Living Planet (p. 6) and the IMAX film Born to Be Wild (beginning April 8) and the new traveling exhibit Grossology! (Beginning January 28, 2011).

Robots 2 SOL – 3.2, 4.2, 5.1

What are robots? What are their functions? Can they do everything people can do? Identify the three major parts of a robot. Experiment with various types of robots to see what they can do and how they do it.

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Grades 6-12

30 minute demonstrations Zap: Electrons on the Move

1 Hour Programs

SOL: 6.2, PS.6, PS.11

Mars Colony SOL: 6.6g, 6.8i, 6.9b, LS.4, LS.12e, ES.4c, ES.7

Students learn to identify, compare and contrast conditions and needs on the red planet and Earth. Learn a little about the Apollo program - what vehicle could future explorers use to reach Mars? Acting as long duration explorers, students work in cooperative teams to plan for their outpost’s survival. Consideration must be given to meeting social structure needs, power supply, physical demands for food, water and warmth as well as exploration.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX films Space Station 3D

(p.13) and Hubble 3D (p. 13) and the demonstration Space Freeze III (p.7).

Spaceship Earth Science SOL - 6.8 d, e, f, g, h, ES.4

Students will understand the unique characteristics of the Earth and why life exists here. They will model and describe day and night, and how the Earth’s tilt causes the seasons. The students will model and observe why and how the phases of the moon occur, and discuss the relationship between the moon’s gravitational pull and the cycle of the tides. Students will gather information to be used in school to create and interpret a time line highlighting advancements in space exploration over the past half century.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX films Space Station 3D (p.13) and Hubble 3D (p. 13) and the demonstration Energy U.

Kitchen Chemistry SOL: 6.1, 6.4, 6.5, PS.1, PS.2, PS.4, PS.5 (available for grades 6-8 only)

Students will describe matter and identify chemical elements from the periodic table. Students will distinguish between physical and chemical reactions, and will identify the chemicals contained in simple compounds. Working in groups, students will analyze many different compounds and perform scientific experiments to determine the identity of the unknowns. Logical and critical reasoning, accurate lab technique, precise results and conclusion reporting are a large part of this lab.

Students will observe & identify the transformation of electrical energy into other forms of energy, including heat, light and mechanical. They will identify a battery as a source of chemical potential energy. Students will compare and contrast series and parallel circuits. The Van de Graaff generator will be used to show students how electrostatic charges will be generated, and how such force attracts or repels objects. Additionally, they will discover how a generator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy.

Mysteries of Flight SOL: 6.6b, PH.4a, b, PH.7

Students will explore the Wright Brothers’ contribution to aeronautics, & are given an outline of the diverse history of human efforts to conquer the air. Applying the concepts of Newton’s laws of motion & Bernoulli’s conclusions about fluid pressures, the operation of aircraft are explained. They will use applications of aerodynamics, wing design, & aircraft construction to understand the forces that affect flight.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the new IMAX film Legends of Flight 3D (beginning October 1)

Energy U SOL: 6.2, PS.6

Students will compare and contrast potential and kinetic energy and from examples taken from nature. Using ramps and balls, students will conduct experiments to convert potential energy into kinetic energy. Students will also compare and contrast transfers of the same form of energy between objects, and transformation of energy into new forms. Observing common tools and equipment, students will identify the energy transformations that take place, including the transformation of light into other forms of energy.

Space Freeze III: A Cryogenics Demo SOL: 6.1, PS.2, PS.7

Students will predict and observe physical changes (volume) as the state of matter changes when temperature is decreased or increased, with related changes in molecular motion. They will learn the temperature for nitrogen phase change between liquid and gaseous states, and that this physical property is characteristic for nitrogen. Students will compare and contrast the boiling point of nitrogen on the Celsius and Kelvin temperature scales.

Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the IMAX films Space Station 3D (p.13) & Hubble 3D (p.13) and the program Mars Colony.

Virginia’s Waterworld SOL: 6.7, ES.9

Kitchen Chemistry


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Can you locate your watershed on a topographic map? How important is it to have clean water for humans and the environment? Learn how the Earth actually helps us filter our water to recycle it. Decide how humans can help the natural processes around us protect our environment. Find out how everyone “lives downstream” & what you can do every day to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Space Explorers Shuttle Launch & Mission Control Simulator Science SOL – 6.1, 6.8i, PH.4, PH.5d, e, f


(Maximum of 24 students; minimum of 2.5 hours required) Try out our Space Explorers launch and mission control simulator. This program provides an exciting team building experience! The simulator is an approximate 3/4 size replica of the lander cockpit and a separate mission control. All switches and panels are high fidelity reproductions of a possible lander control panel and each mission mimics the stresses of space flight. This program will teach students and adults how to work together as a team to successfully fly the Lunar or Mars Lander. Missions are objective based and they model NASA team learning experiences.

Only $10 per person (Exhibit admission included) E-mail Swee Hart or call 727-0900, ext. 759 for more details! Langley Chapter #323 Air Force Association

Science Teacher of the Year Award inia Air & Co-sponsored by the Virg

Wacky Weather Wednesday 2011

Teacher of the Year

Treat your class to a unique field trip experience and explore the wild world of weather with a 13 News meteorologist!

Space Center

Purpose: Recognize a local educator for success in promoting greater student interest in science or mathematics.

Guidelines: Open to any K-12 public or private, science or mathematics teacher on the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County, James City County, and Williamsburg) Winner will be honored as the Langley Chapter Teacher of the Year at a luncheon and will receive: • A certificate of excellence • A check for $750 • A one-year AFA membership (includes subscription to Air Force magazine) • A one-year VASC membership • Recognition on an engraved star permanently displayed at the VASC • First runner-up will receive a check for $250 and second runner-up will receive a check for $100 • Four runner-ups will also each receive a one-year AFA membership and four exhibit/IMAX passes to the VASC.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Wacky Weather Package includes: • One-Hour Program: K-2 - Wee Weather Science SOL - 2.6 - See page 5 for program description. 3-5 - Under the Weather Science SOL - 4.6 - See page 6 for program description. • 30-Minute Weather: Safety Demonstration with 13 News: Explore the wild world of weather with a 13 News meteorologist and learn how to stay safe! • Tour of Permanent Exhibits: Enjoy a tour of the Virginia Air & Space Center’s hands-on exhibits. • IMAX Presentation of Forces of Nature: Science SOL: 4.6, 5.7, ES.8, Es.11(d), ES.13 Witness Mother Nature’s dark side as the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes & tornadoes and more!

Applications accepted Dec. 1, 2010 through March 1, 2011 Application forms are available after November 1 at or at

Congratulations to Karen Mayeaux Biology Teacher from Tabb High School 2010 Science Teacher of the Year

The Wacky Weather field trip is only $15 per student! Space is limited! Call 727-0900, ext. 780 to schedule your group today!

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Teacher Workshops and In-services


he Virginia Air & Space Center provides professional development through teacher workshops and in-service training on various science subjects, some in conjunction with NASA Langley Research Center. We can make difficult concepts fun and easy to understand, and provide you with tools and activities you can use in your own classroom. We can work with you to design workshops or in-service training, at your school or location of your choice, for a minimum of 10 teachers on subjects of your choice. Workshops or in-service training can be conducted on Saturday mornings, teacher workdays, or after school hours. Our teacher workshops concentrate on Virginia’s Standards of Learning guidelines and may qualify you for recertification points. “Thank you for the wonderful teacher workshop this past Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and the IMAX film was awesome. I got some wonderful information to share with my students, and lots of ideas for exploratory projects.” - Sharon Dubois, Smithfield High School

E-mail Swee Hart or call 727-0900, ext. 759 for more information.

2010/2011 Them es:

• Our Chang

ing Earth • To the Ends of the Galaxy & Bey ond • Engineering Design • Global Clim ate Change

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Educator Resource Center for NASA Langley


he Educator Resource Center (ERC) for NASA Langley Research Center provides free instructional information, materials and consultation, and training workshops on NASA educational products, programs and services. Using a subject-grade level approach, educators obtain standards based technology in print, video and web-based instruction formats. For more information call 727-0900, ext. 757.

Free Resources Available: • Educator’s guides & classroom activities for all grade levels

Contact information:

• NASA publications from wall posters to information pamphlets

Mr. Ken Flick, Manager

• Reference books and unique items for use in the ERC

ERC for NASA Langley at the Virginia Air & Space Center

• NASA videos available for dubbing (Educators must provide tapes.)

600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669-4033

• Computer lab for browsing the Internet

Phone: (757) 727-0900, ext. 757 E-mail:

Call for operating hours


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• CD-ROM programs for previewing • Educator workshops and briefings to include: - Internet resource training - Lunar & meteor sample certification - NASA educational product use

Traveling Exhibits September 24, 2010 - January 3, 2011

Science SOL: 1.8, 3.10, 3.11d, 6.9, PS.11 Students will discover their role in making sustainable choices in this hands-on exhibit. Learn how choices you make today can have a lasting effect on our planet. From washing and drying your clothes to keeping your lawn green, students will discover how everyday tasks can affect the environment. Burn calories through pedal power, get a whiff of your lifestyle, take the water usage quiz, and see if you can take the heat!

Scheduling Tip!

Goes well with the Pre-K program: Go Green (p.4) and the Grades 3-5 demonstration Go Green (p.7)

Living Today with Tomorrow in Mind


January 28 September 6, 2011

Science SOL: K.2, LS.3, Bio.5e Sometimes it’s stinky; sometimes it’s crusty; and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk! Based on the best-selling book Grossology, this exhibition shares the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Take your students on a “Tour du Nose,” play the “Gas Attack” pinball game, make the “Burp Machine” release a giant belch, take a ride on the GI slide, climb a large-scale replica of human skin, and discover other mysterious ways your body’s biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy. Scheduling Tip! Goes well with the Grades 3-5 demonstration: Gross Science (p.7).

When was the last time your students were truly en-GROSS-ed?

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Permanent Exhibits

• Come face-to-face with a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer

Step aboard an AirTran Airways DC-9, sit at the controls of a Boeing 717 Glass Cockpit Flight Simulator, and become an air traffic controller.

• “Wing- walk” on a recreated Curtiss Jenny • Fly an F/A-22 simulator • Take a virtual tour of the USS Ronald Reagan • Explore the physics of flight, test paper airplanes in our flight lab, and much more!

• Travel to the red planet with the Mars transporter • Program Mars Rovers for a mission • See a Mars meteorite or land the space shuttle • Train for a lunar mission, land on the moon & create a crater • Take a ride in a time machine and much more!

le See the original Lunar Excursion Modu Simulator used by Apollo Astronauts training to land on the moon.

Email the group sales office to schedule your group visit today!

Hampton Carousel Get Ready for the flight of your life! The simulator allows riders complete control to 360o pitch, roll, loop, spin and spiral action while viewing MaxFlight’s thrilling dynamic Virtual Flight Combat program on a huge 58” screen in the cockpit.

Group Discount Rates Available!

Call 757-727-0900, ext. 780 or visit us online at


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Take a spin on the Hampton Carousel, a restored, turn-of-the-century carousel adjacent to the Virginia Air & Space Center. One of only 200 antique carousels still in the United States, the Hampton Carousel was built in 1920 & features 48 intricately decorated horses.

A carousel ticket may be added to your group visit for only $1.00 (per person)

IMAX Film Library In addition to our featured IMAX films, we offer a variety of films in our IMAX library that may be scheduled at 9 a.m. for groups of 60 or more, or at other times for larger groups. Please call for information on IMAX films that are currently available in our library or new IMAX features that may be coming soon. (cc) Closed captioning for the hearing impaired is available for a select number of IMAX films.


SPACE STATION 3D SOL: 3.1, 4.1, 6.1, PS.10, PH.4

SOL: 4.7d, 6.8, ES.3b, ES.4, ES.14

Hubble 3D recounts the amazing journey of the most important scientific instrument since Galileo’s original telescope and the greatest success in space since the Moon Landing, the Hubble Space Telescope. Join space walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult tasks ever undertaken in NASA’s history. See the cosmos as never before, explore the grandeur of the nebulae and galaxies, and some of the greatest mysteries of our celestial surroundings, all on the amazing, larger-than-life, giant IMAX screen.

Legends of Flight 3D



-- OPENS OCTOBER 1--SOL: 3.2, 4.2, PH.4

Take your students on an amazing journey through 100 years of flight as engineers develop and build the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. See how a century of aviation trial and error, and airplanes of the 20th century, influenced the design of the Dreamliner.

Forces of Nature Science SOL: 4.6, 5.7, ES.8, Es.11(d), ES.13

The ground moves, mountains explode, and the sky turns black & violent, but rest assured you & your students can weather the storm safely from the comfort of your seat. Witness Mother Nature’s dark side as the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes & tornadoes are brought to life on the giant IMAX screen. Forces of Nature takes you to the rim of a volcano ready to explode, to the aftermath of the deadly 1999 earthquake in Turkey, & to “Tornado Alley” for a wild ride with storm chasers who manage to corner a giant twister. (cc)

Missions to the International Space Station leave daily, with the IMAX film Space Station 3D. Join astronauts & cosmonauts as they travel 220 miles above Earth to experience one of the most challenging engineering feats in history: the in-orbit construction of the International Space Station. Take a spacewalk and see how astronauts live and work in space.

Born to Be Wild



SOL: K.7, 1.5a, 2.5b, 3.4, 3.10, 4.5a, 4.5f, LS.11d

Come face to face with some of the wildest and cutest animals on the planet! Since 1969, the animal orphanage at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy continues to be home to countless animals that were orphaned, injured or needed special care. Born to Be Wild follows some of these special animals, many who are successfully returned to the wild.

UNDER THE SEA 3D SOL: 2.5a, 3.5, 4.5d, 5.6c, LS.5c, LS.7c, LS.11b, LS.12d

Under the Sea 3D, transports your students to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including South Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, & the Coral Triangle islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change upon them.

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Planning Checklist Payment • Payment for field trip is required in full on the day of the visit. Group rates apply to groups of at least 10 people. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Virginia Air & Space Center. • Complimentary and member tickets are not valid for group visits.

Notes  Call 727-0900 x780 to schedule field trip to the Virginia Air & Space Center

• Please have your full payment in hand in a lump sum.

Changes and Cancellations • If your plans change, please notify us at least two weeks in advance so that we can make programs and activities available to other groups. • If it becomes necessary to cancel your group visit, please call at least one week in advance, otherwise your group will be charged 50% of total field trip cost.

Hours of Operation for Group Activities • Group activities may begin as early as 9:00 a.m. The Center opens to the general public at 10 a.m. daily.

Arrival/Late Arrivals • Please allow enough time to arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled program/tour time. • If your group is more than 10 minutes late, we can’t guarantee the scheduled program/tour. IMAX films are public performances and cannot be delayed. Substitutions for later performances cannot be guaranteed.

Before You Leave Your School • Count the exact number of students, chaperones, and teachers you are bringing to the Center. Make sure chaperones know for which students they will be responsible.

When You Arrive • If your departure time must change, please notify a staff person immediately upon arrival. • Bus parking is available. We suggest students unload in front of the building before the bus parks. • If weather permits, please leave coats on the bus. The Center has very limited storage space.


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Teacher Tips  The Center is very busy from March to May. To avoid the crowds, you may want to visit from October through February.  If you have not received your confirmation at least one week prior to your visit, please call the group sales office at (757) 727-0900 ext. 780.  Remind your group to take photographs in the exhibit area only.  We require one chaperone for every ten students. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the group and must remain with the group at all times. Additional chaperones are charged the same rate as the students.  The Virginia Air & Space Center awards limited funding assistance through its Opportunity Fund. For more information, call 727-0900, ext. 780.

Group Options & Fees The Virginia Air & Space Center offers a variety of options from which you can select: (Prices are per person)

Cosmic Combo Deluxe: (IMAX® Film, Program, Tour & Demonstration)..............................................… $ 15.00 Cosmic Combo: (IMAX® Film, Program and Tour)……………………....................................................... $ 14.00

Milky Way Combo: (IMAX® Film, Tour & Demonstration)………………..............................................….. $ 13.00 Celestial Combo: (Tour, Program & Demonstration)……………………..................................................... $ 10.50 Galactic Combo: (IMAX® Film & Tour)……..……………………….................................................…........ $ 12.00 Stellar Combo: (Program & Tour)………………………………………...................................................…... $ 9.50 Planetary Combo: (Tour & Demonstration)………………………….............................................…............. $ 8.50 Solar: (IMAX® Film Only)…………………………………………….........................................…................... $ 6.00 Lunar: (Tour Only)……………………………………………………...................................................…......... $ 7.50 Carousel Ride (per person)…………………………........……...............................…..................................... $1.00 Goody Bag (Space Sound Tube, VASC Glittering Pencil, Small Atomic Ball, VASC Postcard)............................................... $ 5.50+tax * items subject to change Lunch from Cosmic Café ............................................................................................................................... $6.50 Education Outreach - up to three consecutive 45-minute sessions.................................................. $ 300.00

Ask about prices for full-length films as a combo!

Front Cover: Apollo drawing - Mrs. Shute 2008 Photo Credits: Advanced Exhibits, Inc., Bill Boxer Photography, MAX Corp, Ann Marie Jenkins, National Geographic, NGR! Exhibits, LLC, Megan S. Steele Graphic Designer: Ann Marie S. Jenkins Printer: Prestige Press, Inc. • Printed August 2010

Visit our home page at Directions The Center is conveniently located off I-64. • If your group is traveling east bound, take exit 267 (Settlers Landing Rd./Hampton University); go to the light and take a right on Settlers Landing Road. The Center will be on your left. • If your group is traveling westbound, take exit 267 (Woodland Rd./Hampton University); go to the light and take a left on Settlers Landing Road. The Center will be on your left.

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Education Guide: 2010-2011  

Virginia Air & Space Center's Education Guide 2010-2011

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