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Intrepid Virtual Education ProgramsThe Intrepid Museum’s Education Department offers virtual programs for groups with students in grades K–12, learning pods, homeschool groups, after-school programs, groups of all ages with disabilities and more. Educational programs will continue online in the spring months to meet the needs of students and teachers participating in distance learning. All programs are tailored to specific grade levels and can be modified for groups that include students with disabilities if requested in advance. Museum educators look forward to offering programming in a safe way to students across the country.

All New York City Schools are now eligible for FREE programs. Title 1 schools and organizations in New Jersey and nationwide may be eligible for free programs. Please inquire when making your reservation. A $75 fee applies to all other school programs. Please complete the Education Program Request form and a member of our Group Sales team will assist you.


  • Program Details

    • Online school programs are 45 minutes and offered via Zoom. If you require another video conferencing platform for your online program (such as Google Meet, etc.) we will work out the details with you.

      Pre-visit materials will be emailed to the teacher once the reservation is complete.
      Registration is required at least two weeks in advance of the program date. Payment is due in advance and is not refundable, though your program will be rescheduled at no cost if you need to cancel. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.
  • Social Studies & History

    • Welcome Aboard! Highlights of the Intrepid Museum (All Ages)
      An educator will take your group on a virtual tour of the Intrepid Museum, where students will learn about the history of the ship and the crew who served from 1943-1974. All programs are adjusted to be age appropriate and will vary according to the age of the group.
    • Building Community at Sea (Grades K-2)
      Each community and culture has its own important customs and values, as well as events or and occasions they celebrate. Celebrations are also important on a Navy ship! In this lesson, students will learn how a sense of community was built on board Intrepid through celebrations and discuss similarities between the community on a Navy ship and their own experiences.
    • Life Aboard Intrepid (Grades 3-5)
      Students will articulate the purpose of an aircraft carrier and identify at least three crew member jobs held during Intrepid's time of service. They will be taught the many ways in which life aboard Intrepid differed from life on land, and some of the adjustments sailors made to improve life aboard.
    • Visual Thinking (Grades 6-8)
      A picture is worth a thousand words. After going on a virtual tour of specific exhibits, students will examine historic photographs and practice analyzing and interpreting these important primary sources. This program engages students in historical interpretation and allows them to engage in critical dialogue through both writing and discussion.
    • Intrepid and the Space Race (Grades 6-8)
      An educator will discuss the Mercury-Atlas 7 and Gemini III missions that occurred during the Space Race, including Intrepid's role as the primary recovery vessel for both NASA missions. Students will get a tour of the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home of the space shuttle Enterprise.
    • Intrepid in the Pacific (Grades 9-12)
      Using images and oral histories, students will discuss the experience of the USS Intrepid in World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the Tokubetsu Kōgekitai kamikaze suicide attack tactic, introduced in October of 1944. The experiences of Intrepid's crew will be explored, including the celebrated Gun Tub 10, a battle station assigned to Black sailors who braved their post to fire on kamikaze planes as the ship came under attack.
    • Double Victory: Black Americans in World War II (Grades 9-12)
      In World War II, many Black Americans sought double victory, both at home and at war. Intrepid's Black sailors were underrepresented and often relegated to low-ranking positions on board, mirroring the Jim Crow laws taking place at home. Looking at primary sources from the Museum's collection and personal accounts from Black sailors who lived and fought on Intrepid, we will explore themes of segregation, discrimination and brave activism in creating historical change.
      PDF Supplementary Materials.

    • Intrepid in the Cold War (Grades 9-12)
      Using various primary sources, students will learn about several elements of the Cold War and the different roles Intrepid and the submarine Growler took during the conflict. Students will learn about technology developed during the Cold War and hear about the experiences of sailors on board a submarine used as a nuclear deterrent.
    • Race Relations on Intrepid Post World War II (Grades 9-12)
      After World War II, Intrepid crewmembers encountered a variety of attitudes towards race in the countries they visited and from different regions of the United States. As the Civil Rights movement gained momentum and the Navy grappled with its own systemic racism, tensions grew on board even as Intrepid's crews continued missions throughout the Vietnam War. Using oral histories to highlight the voices of underrepresented crew members who lived and fought on Intrepid in the Civil Rights era, we will explore situations where segregation, discrimination and brave activism on board the ship pressed for social change and equality.
      PDF Supplementary Materials.

  • STEM Programs

    Space & Aviation Science, Grades K–12

    • Star Stories (Grades K-2)
      The motions of the Sun, Moon and stars create recognizable patterns that led to the development of the astronomy that we know today. Using an online planetarium program, students will view the night sky, the effect of sunlight on Earth's surface and learn about classical mythology. After viewing the stars, students create an engaging art project based on their own interpretations of the stars. Materials needed: paper, crayon, marker or coloring pencil.
    • Our Place in Space (Grades 3-5)
      Where Earth is located and how it moves has a huge impact on our lives! Using a web-based planetarium show, students will see how our planet moves in space and how that movement affects our days and seasons. Students will learn how ancient civilizations explained these movements and will create an art project based on their understanding of our place in space. Materials needed: paper, crayon, marker or coloring pencil.
    • The Four Forces of Flight (Grades 3-5)
      Students will discuss the parts of a plane and how nature influences shape and design. Educators will demonstrate the four forces of flight and students will experiment with these concepts before creating their own simple flying machines. Fundamental concepts such as the four forces of flight, Bernoulli's principle and aerodynamics will be discussed. Materials needed: paper, paperclip (recommended).
      PDF Supplementary Materials-Visual Instructions | PDF Supplementary Materials-Template
    • Exploring Newton’s Laws through Space Craft (Grades 6-8)
      Are we really weightless in space? What does an astronaut experience while living on the International Space Station? After observing and taking part in science demonstrations, students will explore the concepts of microgravity and gravitational force and construct their own arguments on how gravity works.
    • Momentum and Collisions: The Science of Battle (Grades 9-12)
      Military combat is full of projectiles! In this lesson, students will learn about two types of projectiles (dropped objects and launched objects), two types of collisions (elastic and inelastic) and learn all about the physics involved in battle. Students will look at how different types of projectiles were used on Intrepid, determine what type of collisions were more effective in battle and make their own simple projectile launcher. Materials needed: rubber band, plastic spoon, piece of paper, two balls (optional), clay or putty (optional).
    • Biome Away from Home (Grades 9-12)
      Earth meets certain conditions that create opportunities for life. Telescopes, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, launched into low-Earth orbit in 1990, allowing us to identify where we may see some of these conditions elsewhere. During this planetary adventure, students will identify the conditions that make Earth stand out and investigate places where we might find life in space!

    Engineering Design

    • Ships, Planes, Capsules & Where to Find Them (Grades K-2)
      Learn about different modes of transportation through the lens of an aircraft carrier, a ship that functions as an airport at sea! Students will explore the features of various aircraft, spacecraft and the ship itself. Materials needed: paper, crayon, marker, or coloring pencil.
    • What Floats Your Boat? (Grades 3-5)
      Using the elements of the engineering design process—asking a question, designing a solution, testing, iterating—students will discuss how a 42,000-ton ship is able to float and then experiment with density, displacement and design their own buoyant boats. Materials needed: a sheet of foil, large plastic bowl and 20 to 40 pennies.
    • Amazing Aircraft (Grades 6-8)
      Aircraft can come in many forms and have wide-ranging functions. Explore the aircraft in Intrepid's collection and create three different paper airplane designs alongside a Museum educator to determine how plane design impacts function. Materials needed: three sheets of paper.
    • Designing for Flight (Grades 9-12)
      Aircraft are fascinating, complex and full of science! In this program, students will get an up-close look at two aircraft in the Intrepid Museum’s collection, compare and contrast the two aircraft, and dive deep into the science and engineering elements that make those aircraft fly.
    • Aviation science programs are proudly supported by:   United Airlines

    • STEM programs are proudly supported by:   Con Edison

  • Groups with Disabilities

    All Hands: Self-Contained Classes & Adult Groups (All Ages)

    These 45-60 minute virtual explorations of the Museum are specifically designed to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of learners with developmental or learning disabilities. Educators customize programs to the goals, interests and needs of each group. All groups receive pre-visit materials including a social narrative, visual vocabulary and extension activities. Program themes include, but are not limited to:

    Life at Sea

    Learn what it took to be one of the approximately 3,000 crew members living aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid. This program focuses on the living conditions and wide variety of jobs that were needed for a "city at sea."


    Aviation & Aircraft

    Discover the four forces of flight and how an airplane flies in the sky. This program explores the Museum’s extensive aircraft collection.



    Uncover Intrepid's role in the early space program. Explore the space shuttle Enterprise, replica space capsules and the night sky.


    Compare the different ways humans can travel on water, in the air and into space! This program examines the design and function of the ship, aircraft and spacecraft.

    Two-part programs are also available for groups of learners with autism. Participants explore a different topic each time, as they become more familiar with the Museum and their educators. Please note your interest in a two-part program when making your request.

    To reserve one of these programs, please complete the Education Program Request form and select “All Hands” as the program type. Please contact us at with any questions.


    Verbal Description Tours: Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision (All Ages)

    These 60-90 minute customized programs feature sound effects and detailed verbal descriptions of Museum spaces, artifacts and historic images. Programs themes include, but are not limited to, Life at Sea, Aviation & Aircraft, Space, and Transportation. A special focus on the temporary exhibit Navy Cakes: A Slice of History is also available. All groups receive pre-visit materials to help prepare for the program. Two-part sessions are available by request.

    To reserve one of these programs, please complete the Education Program Request form and select “Verbal Description Tour” as the program type. Please contact us at with any questions.


    American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation: Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (All Ages)

    American Sign Language interpretation is available for all online school and All Hands programs. Please include the request for ASL interpreters on the Education Program Request form. Programs are scheduled for 90 minutes. ASL interpreters are provided by the Museum at no additional cost. Groups in New York City are eligible for free programs.

    To reserve one of these programs, please complete the Education Program Request form and note your request for ASL interpretation under “Group Information.” Please contact us at with any questions.

  • Free Weekly Drop-In Classes for School Groups

    Join Intrepid Museum Educators online as they lead live, weekly, thematic virtual education programs. Each inquiry-based program is 45-minutes long and includes developmentally appropriate content for the grade indicated. Detailed program descriptions are listed here.

    All programs are FREE. Participants must have internet access and a device with the ability to connect to a Zoom meeting. Advance registration is required to receive Zoom login information and link. Registration is capped at 200 participants per session. All programs at 1:00pm ET.

    May 7: Intrepid and the Space Race, Grades 6-8 Register Here!

    May 12: Star Stories, Grades K-2 Register Here!

    May 14: The Four Forces of Flight, Grades 3-5, 6-8 Register Here!

    May 19: Life Aboard, Grades K-2, 3-5 Register Here!

    May 21: Intrepid and the Space Race, Grades 6-8 Register Here!

    May 26: Star Stories, Grades K-2 Register Here!

    May 28: The Four Forces of Flight, Grades 3-5, 6-8 Register Here!

  • Pricing Information

    $75 per 45-minute online school program unless otherwise noted. Included in your program:

    • Pre-visit materials
    • Guided tour of the Intrepid Museum via Google Arts & Culture
    • Live instruction with an Intrepid Museum educator

    FREE programs are available to New York City schools. Other funding for schools in New Jersey, and Title 1 schools nationwide is also available for specific programs. Please inquire about these funded programs when making your reservation.

    Additional, yet limited, funding is available for groups with disabilities based in New York City. Self-contained classes and organizations working with individuals with disabilities are eligible for funding for up to four sessions per school or organization. Please inquire about these funded programs when making your reservation.

  • Reservations

    To schedule an online program for your school group, please complete an Education Program Request form. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance for live, educator-led programs.

    Contact us at 646-381-5010 or at and a member of our Group Sales Department will assist.

  • FAQ

    More information regarding online school programs can be found on our FAQ.

Aviation Science Programs are proudly supported by:   United Airlines

Call: 646-381-5010