Who is this appropriate for?
The Home Front Experience is appropriate for grades 4 through adult.
This is also a highly engaging teacher professional development or corporate team-building program that emphasizes content integration, collaboration, communication, team building, and fun!
Home Front Experience is ideal for all student types, including struggling learners, Gifted & Talented, PreAP, AP, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, Single-Gender campus, STEM/STEAM, P-Tech, and Early College.
How many participants can do the experience?
The Home Front Experience can accommodate between 22 - 33 participants. A minimum of 22 is required.
Are there materials that we can take after the experience to continue learning afterward?
Yes! Each class will receive their outgoing, censored mail, 25 print copies of the Week 5 newspaper, and a digital version emailed after the visit. These resources offer endless opportunities for classroom extensions for the rest of the school year.
What is the debrief?
Schools or teams may choose the focus, standards, or concepts that need to be solidified for a custom-tailored debriefing of the experience at the conclusion of the experience. They can be anything from a standard such as “properties of metal” and “persuasive language" to leadership, problem solving, and communication and much more
Tell me more about the experience
Each participant is assigned a character and family. During a 20-minute “week,” participants will role-play working through the challenges of daily life, seeing to food, shelter, education, and employment while also supporting the fight for freedom.
“Weekend” designated time allows for family regrouping, a radio broadcast “Fireside Chat” or a Theater newsreel. The family can also peruse the “weekly” newspaper. Each of these media will inform the participants of information vital to the events that will take place in the subsequent weeks. The experience includes 4 weeks (20 minutes each), and 3 weekends (5 min), with the 4th weekend being a customized debriefing to solidify concepts mastered.
All the characters in the Home Front Experience are real or based on real historical figures. Letters mailed and received during the experience are historically accurate with historical figures represented. For example, the town movie theater operator, William Thompkins, served in the Spanish-American War as a Buffalo Soldier and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Characters, both seen and unseen, have a plethora of primary documents or further information about their lives and service for follow-up learning. This is an experience that can easily be used to activate prior learning throughout the entire school year.
Families have a budget, receive incomes and some can supplement their earnings. Financial literacy is an embedded piece of this experience.
Pricing and Scholarships
The cost per group of 22-33 participants, plus up to 3 adults, is $500. This includes a self-guided tour of the museum and aircraft hangar.
Through generous funding provided by the Moody Foundation, the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (NAEC) is excited to award scholarships to a limited number of Title 1 schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Through generous funding provided by the Moody Foundation, the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (NAEC) is able to offer transportation stipends to offset the cost of transportation. Limited stipends are available.
Available during school hours, evenings and weekends!
Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center
5657 Mariner Drive
Dallas, TX 75237
Frequently Asked Questions
The Home Front Experience is appropriate with ages beginning in the fourth grade up into adult. The experience is aligned cross curriculuar in grades 4-12.
We can run two experiences per day. The start time is flexible, but the end time is 2.5 hours later.
Yes, we can make a full day field trip - one class touring the museum and hangar while the other class participates in the Home Front Experience. We then flip flop the groups for the afternoon session.
The Home Front experience takes two and a half hours to complete, and along with the experience, a museum tour and scavenger hunt will precede or follow. Please see the flyer on this page to plan your full-day experience.
We need a minimum of 22 participants to run the experience. Teachers, aids, and other adults (parents) may participate to bring numbers to 22 or more.
Yes! The 30 minute debrief focuses on the concepts you need solidified. These can be anything from social-emotional to course specific SEs. Math, science, social studies, ELAR, health, economics, financial literacy, and much more. Team building, critical thinking, communication & collaboration, productive struggle, ethics, and personal responsibility are all embedded in this experience.
While we have numerous artifacts dealing with WWII and aviation, our focus is on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning and the personal characteristics for success.
Teachers and assistants will actively monitor and provide assistance to students throughout the experience. This may include tasks such as math computation needed for some jobs, reading assistance, etc. Depending on the number of teachers your school will be bringing, some may join as participants if room allows.
There is limited space, so we recommend that backpacks and personal items be left on the bus or at the campus.
All participants need to be dressed ready to move around the room and be comfortable. The Home Front Experience is in a climate-controlled classroom. However, as individual preference for comfort varies, we suggest dressing in layers. Comfortable walking shoes are required.
The museum is self-guided and includes 2 films (Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots) of 15 minutes each. A digital scavenger hunt and informational app can be downloaded to enrich the experience.
The Home Front Experience is 2.5 hours long, with the last 30 minutes being a customized debriefing. Teachers and students will leave with letters produced during the experience, their Victory Ledger, aircraft produced in the factory, and a Week 5 newspaper filled with additional resources and room for extensions used for inside the classroom
If you are receiving Moody Foundation funding, your voucher, approval code, and amount approved must be included when you make your reservation. Your Moody Foundation voucher is NOT a field trip reservation. Reservations must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.
Please let the Education Department know if you are bringing children with special needs. The Home Front can accommodate up to two wheelchairs and escorts per session. Students with hearing or sensory needs can be minimally accommodated. The Home Front Experience is an active setting and can be very loud. We have a few characters that can be assigned to below grade level students in Math and ELAR.
As a Texas Education Agency (TEA) accredited Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider, this experience is offered as CPE in either half-day or full-day sessions.
No. The experience takes a full 2.5 hours.
There are no places onsite to purchase food or drinks. However, advanced arrangements can be made to provide seating when bringing your own sack lunches
Yes, we have several areas to accommodate buses.