Programs and Classes - scroll down for:
- Live Dome Programs
- Dome Theater Films
- Museum Classes
- Printable Aerospace Quests
Live Dome Programs
Our educator led, interactive, full dome programs utilize Uniview, a visualization and simulation software aimed at presenting and teaching astronomy, astrophysics and earth sciences. Our full dome theater is a large-scale immersive environment, featuring realtime digital planetarium, and large-format cinema. Pre and post visit lesson plans are available.
NEW - Astrobiology - 50 minutes, grades 3 – 12
Put your imagination and science to the test! In this live program, students will explore astrobiology, the study of all life in the universe. They will take what they know of Earth’s atmosphere, environment, and its place in the Solar System and using that knowledge, compare it to new exoplanets found in the Universe! Are they capable of supporting life? What might those aliens look like?! ET, Wall – E, Stormtroopers….are they out there?! Pair with museum class: Biotech
NEW - Light - 50 minutes, grades 6 – 12
Ever wonder why the sky is blue? Or how a microwave works? The simple answer is light! Researched in partnership with Kelly Fries, Physics major at Hofstra University, students will take a closer look at the visible and invisible light all around us. They will gain a better understanding of how our eyes perceive color and how astronomers use light to study space and discover that invisible light is as real as visible light!
Junior Jetsetters - 30 minutes, grades pre-k – 2
The night sky is what led humans long ago to wonder what is beyond Earth. Spark your students’ curiosity with an introduction to astronomy. Students will look at constellations, hear stories, and practice being an astronaut all while learning basic astronomy vocabulary. Pair with museum class: Living In Space
Rocks in Space - 50 minutes, grades 3 – 12
What’s the difference between a meteorite, meteor, and a meteoroid? Is a shooting star actually a star? During this class, students will learn all about our rocky neighbors, experience a meteor shower, pretend to be a Near Earth Asteroid, and get the answer to the question, if Pluto is no longer a planet, does that mean it has been kicked out of the Solar System?! Pair with museum classes: Living In Space, Rockets Away
Solar System Tour - 50 minutes, all grade levels
Our Solar System has everything you could want! Planets! Moons! Asteroids! and Comets! All swirling around our one and only star, the Sun. Students will learn all the different objects that populate the Solar System and get a glimpse at the force that keeps worlds spinning. Pair with museum classes: Living In Space, Force and Motion, Eyes on Earth, Rockets Away
To the Moon! - 50 minutes, grades 1 – 8
The Moon lights up our nights but how much do you really know about our night-time neighbor? During this show, students will get their hands on the Moon, see its many phases, learn about its features, and investigate the dark side. Then, we’ll travel to the Moon’s surface to get a glimpse of how the Apollo astronauts explored our nearest and only natural satellite. Pair with museum classes: Living In Space, Force and Motion
Current Night Sky - 50 minutes, all grade levels, Boy & Girl Scout
Long before television, GPS, and street lights there were the stars of the night sky. Students will travel through the seasonal night sky to learn about constellations, hear mythical stories, and observe the magnificent Long Island sky. Pair with museum class: Living In Space
Dome Theater Featured Films
In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop ... Mars! Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart.
Narrated by Harrison Ford, Living in the Age of Airplanes is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world.
Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes.
Additional Films Available from our Library (Group minimums apply)
- Air Racers
- Back to the Moon
- Lewis and Clark
- One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
- Sea Monsters
NEW - Biotech in Space 50 minutes, grades 5 – 9
As astronauts travel further into space concerns about how they will maintain their health arise. Long-term exposure to radiation can affect their DNA. In this program, students will unlock a key needed for deep space exploration and learn about the process of DNA extraction through experimentation.
Tech…Under Construction 30 minutes, grades 4 – 8
Throughout the technology industry change is happening every day. For students to become a part of this revolution they will need to understand how technology works… “under the hood.” Using hands-on activities, students will learn the components of the technology industry from hydraulics to circuits uncovering the essentials to constructing robotics, rovers, drones, and more!
Bot Building 50 minutes, grades 4 – 9
Robotics play an integral role in engineering our futures. From factories to outer space, robots contribute to our society every day, performing jobs people may not be capable of doing. But who builds and creates these “intelligent” machines? Using Lego® NXT Robotics Kits, student teams will be introduced to robotics in an exciting hands-on format, learning the engineering design process and exploring what it is like to be an engineer!
Physics of Toys 30 minutes, grades 2 – 9
Yo-yos, balloons, and slinkies may be found in any kid's closet, but they probably don’t realize that they can learn science from them. Students will use common toys to explore inertia, kinetic energy, laws of motion, and many more physics principles in this fun hands-on class.
Eyes on Earth 30 minutes, grades 4 – 12
Earth has warmed by about 1ºF over the past 100 years. But why? And how? Well, the Earth could be getting warmer naturally, but many of the world's leading climate scientists think that people are to blame. In this interactive class students will look at several elements that can contribute to climate change along with NASA technology that surveys our Earth’s changes.
iRobot 30 minutes, grades 2 – 8
You might be familiar with androids in Star Wars, Star Trek or even the Terminator. However, modeling and engineering robots after humans in the real world is extremely challenging because of the complex systems humans use to do tasks. Using hands-on activities students will compare and determine the essentials needed to engineer a robot like a human while creating excitement about science, technology, and engineering.
Living in Space 30 minutes, All grade levels
There are many things one needs to know before venturing up into space…like how does one go to the bathroom? The most common and practical questions will be answered on what life is like in space. Students will discover where to sleep, what kind of food is available, what astronauts wear and what some hazards are. Students will even get to try on a space suit!
Kites! 30 minutes grades 1 – 3
3000 years ago the Chinese invented kites and today most of us have attempted to fly one. Learn how kites were precursors to airplanes and build your own kite.
Force and Motion 30 minutes, grades 4 – 12
Experience Isaac Newton in a whole new way! Students will pull, knock and twist their way into a better understanding of Newton’s laws of motion through fun, engaging experiments. They will not only have a better appreciation for his laws, but students will never look at their world the same way again. Experiments include pulling a table cloth from under dishes and racing against other students in our Third Law Challenge!
Weather to Fly By 30 minutes, grades 3 – 8
What is something that each and every one of us, including animals and plants, has to deal with everyday, all year long? Yes it is weather! Find out about basic weather patterns, where weather can be found, its effects on aircraft and the ingredients you need to conjure up some destructive forces!
Rockets Away! 30 minutes, grades 4 – 12
Rocketry is an important development in modern day science and technology. This program will guide students through historic milestones leading to some of the current uses of rockets. Demonstrations of basic rockets will be included.
Fly By Math 50 minutes, grades 4 – 9
This math program puts students’ skills to the ultimate test - can they safely direct air traffic? Recreating the intense atmosphere of air traffic control centers, it’s up to the students to see if they need to change the plane’s direction or speed by putting their math skills to use in these real world situations.
How Does It Fly? 30 minutes, grades 1 – 8
What are lift, thrust and drag? These are just a few of the concepts explored in this program that features hands-on demonstrations covering the history of air travel. Explanations of how flight is accomplished will provide insight into the scientific principles of flight.
Guided Tour: Highlights of Long Island Aviation 50 minutes, All grade levels
From ballooning to the Moon…an evolution of aviation, all in under an hour. This museum educator-led program will take your group through the museum’s collections focusing upon major events and aircraft in aviation history. Inquiry based learning will help students interpret the history of aviation on Long Island according to the age level and needs of each group.
All classes comply with National and State common core standards.
To enhance your visit to the Cradle of Aviation be sure to print out an aerospace quest and make copies for your students to bring to the museum. This educational tool was developed by the museum staff and docents in order to help groups focus and have fun learning.