The Smithsonian is distributing a free at-home summer learning guide for K–8 learners in collaboration with the USA TODAY Network. “Summer Road Trip” is a 40-page print activity guide that uses the vast collections and expertise of the Smithsonian to take learners on a summer “road trip” of discovery. Through hands-on activities, puzzles and games, students will explore topics in STEM, history and the arts. The guide features bilingual Spanish/English language content.
The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, began construction to repair and resurface the exterior roof of its Boeing Aviation Hangar in April. This two-year project will be completed in sections and requires areas of the museum to be closed and some artifacts to be covered for their protection. This project is part of the Smithsonian’s planned maintenance and is unrelated to the temporary closure due to COVID-19. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2022.