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community engagement programmsThe Intrepid Museum is a constant presence throughout all five boroughs of New York City, delivering engaging talks and interactive lessons on science and history. Our Museum educators lead sessions for individuals, families and groups of all ages! All programs are one-hour long.

Some activities are subject to available space. Please contact the Education Department at 646-381-5162 or educationevents@intrepidmuseum.org if you have any questions.
Astronomy Nights
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Intrepid Adventures: Educational activities for kids and their grown-ups

Special programs specifically designed for children and their parents or caregivers guarantee that your day at the Intrepid Museum will be fun and educational!

All programs are one hour long and will meet at the information desk on the main museum level.  Family programs are free with admission but require advance registration. 

Dive into Density
How does Intrepid float? How did Growler dive? Take a tour of our massive aircraft carrier, and explore our interactive exhibit Submerged. Then dive and surface with your own submarine by creating a Cartesian diver in our workshop.

High-Flying Design
Make the best and most unique paper airplanes around while learning about the four forces of flight.

Star Stories
Take a trip inside the Intrepid Museum’s planetarium to learn myths from around the world that explain the stars in the sky. Then create your own constellation and myth in a storytelling activity.

Flying in Style
There’s more to aircraft than wings and engines. Get up close to the aircraft in our collection to learn how symbols and paint schemes set each airplane apart. Then head back to the classroom to create a family squadron insignia and decorate an airplane.

Sometimes you just need to slow down—especially when you’re plummeting to Earth after a trip to outer space. In this out-of-this-world workshop, you’ll learn about Intrepid’s role in the Space Race and then drop parachutes to see how space capsules came back down to Earth safely.

Jobs on Deck
Planes don’t put themselves in the air, especially on an aircraft carrier like Intrepid. For naval aviators to take flight from an aircraft carrier, they need a whole team of people and the power of a steam catapult. Take on the roles of the flight deck crew in this interactive tour that follows aircraft from the hangar deck to the air and back again.

Upcoming Intrepid Adventures:
May 21 Diving into Density 11:00am Register
May 22 Diving into Density 11:00am Register
June 4 Flying in Style 11:00am Register
June 5 Flying in Style 11:00am Register
June 18 High-Flying Design 11:00am Register
June 19 High-Flying Design 11:00am Register
July 9 Star Stories 11:00am Register
July 10 Star Stories 11:00am Register
July 16 Jobs on Deck 11:00am Register
July 17 Jobs on Deck 11:00am Register
July 23 Diving into Density 11:00am Register
July 24 Diving into Density 11:00am Register
July 30 High Flying Design 11:00am Register
July 31 High Flying Design 11:00am Register
August 6 Splashdown! 11:00am Register
August 7 Splashdown! 11:00am Register
August 13 Flying in Style 11:00am Register
August 14 Flying in Style 11:00am Register
August 20 Star Stories 11:00am Register
August 21 Star Stories 11:00am Register
August 27 Splashdown! 11:00am Register
August 28 Splashdown! 11:00am Register
Community Programs
The Intrepid Museum visits libraries throughout the New York City area to share the programs and activities listed below. Want Intrepid to sail to your library? Contact us at educationevents@intrepidmuseum.org.
Finding Rosie (High School – Adult)
As millions of American men left our shores to fight overseas, our nation’s women took up the call to fill the gaps that were left behind. Intrepid Museum educators will help you interpret the poster art used to motivate women to keep our home front thriving and find out just who was Rosie the Riveter.
High-Flying Design (Can be adjusted for all ages)
Museum educators will teach students about the four forces of flight and how they allow airplanes to fly across the sky. Students will then perform a hands-on task to demonstrate these forces: the youngest students will construct a rotocopter, students from 3rd-5th grades will construct paper airplanes with moveable flight surfaces or tumble-wing gliders, and our oldest students will use educator-provided materials to experiment and demonstrate the forces of flight.
Poof! Life in a Vacuum (Can be adjusted for all ages)
In our newest program, students learn just how important the earth’s atmosphere is and why astronauts need to wear those big, heavy space suits. Using a bell jar and vacuum pump, Museum educators will mimic the vacuum of space, right in your own school, library or community center. Your students will first predict, then discover what happens to various objects when they are exposed to a vacuum and then make the extension to how the human body would react to the vacuum of space (don’t worry, nothing gross).
Scale and the Space Race (7th grade and up)
Where does space begin? How far away is the moon? Where did the space shuttles go? These questions and more are answered as students use math to create a scale model earth/moon system. This is all done within the historical context of the Space Race, including the USS Intrepid’s role as a prime recovery vessel. Students will learn about the technological competition between the United States and the Soviet Union and then recreate it as they vie in teams to find the proper launch angle and thrust to launch and land straw rockets on a scale model moon (please note, a 31’ long space is needed for this program to launch rockets; a lunch room or hallway would work).
The Story of Intrepid (3rd grade and up)
The USS Intrepid is an Essex-class aircraft carrier that served during World War II, the Cold War, as a prime recovery vehicle for two NASA missions and three tours in the Vietnam War. Through hands-on artifact and photo investigation, viewing of archival footage and interviews with former crew members, students and adults will learn the history of one of America’s most storied ships and the everyday heroes who served on board.
Video Conferencing - Adult Programs

Inspiration and Ingenuity—Intrepid in World War II
As a World War II aircraft carrier, Intrepid survived massive damage to the flight deck, hull and rudder. In this program, participants examine photographs, artifacts, and plans from some of Intrepid's most trying days—days during which inspiration and ingenuity meant quick thinking and survival.

Humanity Behind the Hardware
Intrepid was nothing without the crew that worked and slept on its decks. Humanity Behind the Hardware uses a combination of former crew member interviews, ship's artifacts, newspapers and cruise books to give us a better view of how crew members lived aboard a U.S. naval ship.


Community Engagement Programs at the Intrepid Museum are generously supported by the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, the Cowles Charitable Trust, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and Julia and Patricia Peloso-Barnes.

This program is supported, in part, by Public Funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

This program is supported, in part, by Public Funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.