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Washington D.C.

STEM in D.C.: Sun & Stars With Your Grandchild

See the stars in their eyes as you and your grandchild learn all about celestial science, and find out how technology helps humankind learn more about the sky above us.
Program No. 23707TRVLZ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
899 / CHILD
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Washington, DC
D
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Orientation: 5:15 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have a buffet welcome dinner, plus soft drinks, coffee, iced tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Introduction to STEM, Building Museum
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

Activity note: Getting on/off the motorcoach, driving less than 1/2 hour roundtrip to/from museum. Walking about 1 mile throughout the day, periods of standing; walking over city sidewalks & marble floors.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We will start the morning with an introductory lecture at the hotel, given by an expert in a STEM field. We will discuss how science and technology overlap, applications of STEM in real life and career in the field.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with soft drinks and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will board the motorcoach to engage with applications of science at the Building Museum. A famed National Historic Landmark, built in 1887 as the home of the Bureau of Pensions, the Building Museum provides a first-class experience on the principles of engineering and design. The cavernous space hosts a rotating list of exhibits. A museum docent will lead us on an exploration of the current exhibits. After an exploration of the museum led by museum staff person, we will participate in a hands-on engineering demonstration.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
National Air & Space Museum, Free Time
Washington, DC
B,L
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles total during group activities; periods of standing at the museum on hard floors. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Setting out on foot from the hotel, we will walk to the world-renowned National Air and Space Museum for a field trip, during which we will explore the museum led by a NASM docent. With an estimated 6.2 million visitors in 2018, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. While here, we’ll walk among the world’s largest collection of air and space flight machines. Since there is so much to see, there will also be time for independent exploration for you to see and do what interests you most.

Lunch: At the museum café, we’ll choose from a selection of pre-made sandwiches and salads with a side and bottled soft drink.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in Washington, D.C. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Astronomers, Observatories & the Udvar-Hazy Center
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 100 miles total; approximately 2 hours total. Walking up to about 2 miles throughout the day at field trip locations; periods of standing in museums.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Beginning the day with a lecture at the hotel, we’ll hear from an astronomer to learn about exoplanets—or extrasolar planets—and how astronomers study the skies. Afterwards, we will board the motorcoach and turn our gaze skyward with a visit to a University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory. During an expert-led walk through of the facility, we will see where scientists and students alike do their work and, if weather permits, try some solar observation with a special sun-filtered telescope.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with soft drinks and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Boarding the motorcoach, we will continue our air and space exploration at the Udvar Hazy Museum. Spread across two airplane hangars, the Udvar Hazy is part of the Smithsonian family and one of the premier destinations for aircraft memorabilia. While here, we’ll walk through the history of human flight at our own pace, from hot air ballooning and pre-1920's planes, to WWI fighters, and eventually the Concorde—the world’s first supersonic airplane.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with soft drinks and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, we will board the motorcoach bound for Turner Farms where we will watch the skies for nighttime stargazing with a staff person, and then be on the lookout for familiar constellations—maybe even catch a shooting star.

DAY
5
Hands-on Science, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Washington, DC
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 60 miles throughout the day; approximately 1 hour total. Walking up to 4 miles total throughout the day; approximately 2 hours total; periods of standing.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll get hands-on with a science demonstration at the hotel as we work in groups to reinforce the scientific principles we have learned throughout the week. Like real NASA scientists, we’ll conduct hands-on experiments, build our own rockets, form hypotheses, and record our results.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet lunch with soft drinks and water included.

Afternoon: Then, we will head outside of the "District" via motorcoach for a taste of space exploration at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. With an expert-led visit of the facility, we will learn more about NASA field office work, the Hubble telescope, as well as the Goddard Rocket Garden, which features an array of NASA artifacts including various “rockets, mock-ups, and old flight hardware.”

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated farewell dinner with soft drinks and water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Washington, DC
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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