The Hill Aerospace Museum offers a robust education program that aims at teaching STEM Education concepts and principles to children K- 12. The program focuses on co-curricular subjects and activities relating directly to the State of Utah’s Science curriculum. Our education staff teaches students the basics of flight, astronomy, weather, motion, gravity, forces of nature, and many others.
The Hill Aerospace Museum’s Lt. Gen. Marc C. Reynolds Aerospace Center for Education is a four-classroom learning facility with an additional C-130 aircraft education space all located within museum confines. More than 20,000 students take advantage of the museum’s STEM education programs each year.
The mission of the Aerospace Center for Education is to strengthen America’s youth by promoting interest in aerospace science, thereby enabling our Nation to continue leading the world in aerospace technology, national defense and other STEM-related fields. The goal of the museum STEM education experience is to inspire students to pursue a STEM field as a career. Partnerships with school districts, charter and private schools, colleges and universities, NASA, Clark Planetarium, the Smithsonian, and others are all critical pieces of the museum’s STEM education puzzle.
School groups from Ogden, Weber Davis, Box Elder, Morgan School Districts, and others participate in hands-on STEM learning experiences. These experiences are structured to coordinate with State of Utah grade level Science curriculum. On Wednesdays, the STEM education team travels to do outreach to schools within our geographical area.
During the summertime, the Reynolds Aerospace Center for Education conducts the STEM Summer Passport Program. The museum STEM education staff teaches classes in Astronomy, Electricity, C-130 Experience, Chemistry, Forces of Flight, Magnetics, Mission to Mars, Simple Machines, Rockets, and Weather. Two classes are taught each day free of charge. The classes are open to youth at least eight years of age on a first come first served basis. Parents are encouraged to attend the classes with the kids. STEM Summer passports are issued to each participant. The corresponding subject page is stamped upon completion. After students complete eight classes, they graduate with a signed certificate and a pin.
Other exciting activities such as star parties, in conjunction with Clark Planetarium, are held throughout the year.
Raelyn Embleton was born and raised in Ogden, Utah and graduated from Ogden High School. She then made her way to Southern Utah University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History Education and taught middle school. Raelyn then received her Master’s degree in History at Utah State University, with her project focusing on teaching the racial history of early Utah. Raelyn has been with the Museum since June of 2018. Raelyn is married to Jake Embleton and enjoys spending time with her daughter, Samara, and her friends and family.