Air Museum To Offer STEM Kids Day Camp

SIOUX CITY, IA – A camp for students entering or just completing third – fifth grade will include hands on and feet on the ground activities in June.

According to a release from the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation (MAMAT), ‘Tennis Shoes on the Tarmac’ will be offered as a STEM kids day camp on either Wednesday, June 8 or Wednesday, June 15 between 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The air museum is located on the northeast corner of the Sioux Gateway Airfield at 2600 Expedition Court and the camp is part of the 727 STEM Learning Center sponsored by FedEx Express.

The camp will be offering the history of flight and students will create their own airplanes using various materials. They will learn about flight dynamics and the history of rocketry. Students will be experimenting with rockets while adhering to all safety protocols.

Suzanne and Randy Bartels are the head instructors for the program and bring over 50 years of elementary school teaching and curriculum development to the air museum.

Suzanne Bartels explains, “Tennis Shoes on the Tarmac is an interactive group of Science lessons. We love seeing the kids in the museum learning.”

The fees for the camp are $60 for museum members and $70 for nonmembers. The student will receive a t-shirt, their plane and a rocket to take home with them as well as a family museum pass. Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch or a box lunch can be purchased ($8).

Tennis Shoes on the Tarmac 2022.

Registration is now open for the camp and can be found at or in person at the museum. Contact Suzanne Bartels at 712-541-8412 for camp questions and leave a message if there is no answer.

The mission of the MAMAT is to explore, discover, and share Siouxland’s rich aviation and transportation history so that the stories of the past can live on through educational experiences, authentic historical aircraft and transportation exhibits.

Regular hours at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.