NIGHT OPS- STEM School/Scout Overnight

Grades K-12
//NIGHT OPS- STEM School/Scout Overnight



Grades K-12

Bring your students aboard for an unforgettable night of STEM learning! During the Night Ops Overnight your students will visit select areas of the ship to see various spaces and systems and discuss the science and engineering behind them. As the students move around the ship, they will participate in several hands-on science stations and demonstrations by our STEM Team to illustrate the science behind USS Hornet. STEM Night Ops are available any night of the week!

For more information on available dates please email 

We offer the ultimate Science-themed overnight experience for schools & youth groups, offering:

Sleep in restored berthing compartments where the real Hornet crew lived

Enjoy dinner and breakfast in the Crew’s Mess

Hands-on STEM labs

Learn about NASA’s Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions that put the first humans on the Moon

Ride the Flight Simulator – experience what it’s like to catapult and fly from the carrier

STEM-themed tours of the mechanical spaces of the ship

Complimentary STEM Badge, Sailor’s Hat, & Take Flight Comic Booklet

If you are interested in our history based Live Aboard program, please visit us HERE!



  • SOLD OUT Saturday, January 20th
  • SOLD OUT Saturday, February 24th
  • SOLD OUT Saturday, March 24th
  • Saturday, May 5th
  • Thursday, May 17th

If you are interested in an alternate date, please email us!

For more information, please see our Night Ops General Information Packet

To contact us, please email:

$55.00 for Monday - Thursday Nights, $65.00 on Friday Night, and $75 on Saturday


Per Person- Schools & Youth Groups

Tour Locations and Subject Focus

Boiler and Engine Room

  • Powering the ship
  • Thermodynamics, energy transfer/conversion, turbines, power

Catapult Room

  • Machinery for launching planes
  • Kinetic/potential energy, hydraulics/pneumatics, mechanical advantage

Flight Deck

  • On-deck catapult, launching/recovering planes
  • Kinetic /potential energy, forces, optics (Fresnel lens system)


  • Navigation systems, radar, sonar, sound-powered phones
  • Waves, communications

CPO Mess

Selected from:

  • Hydraulics/Pneumatic
  • Electromagnetism
  • Magnets, field paper, motor, generator, induction tubes, ring throw

General Information

Program Availability

Night Ops Program is available to any organized youth group. There is a 30-person minimum if you book on a night that does not already have multiple bookings. All participants must be at least 6 years of age.


All groups must provide a tour permit or proof of insurance that names the AIRCRAFT CARRIER HORNET FOUNDATION as an additional insured . Siblings, friends, or other guest are welcome provided they are also covered by the group’s insurance.

Adult Leader/Camper Ratio

A minimum of one adult leader is required for every 6 youth guests (groups with children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult at a 1:1 ratio). Children must be supervised at all times. Be prepared to organize into parent/youth teams for crew assignments.

Sleeping Areas and other Facilities

Each group is assigned bunks in the ship’s berthing compartments. You will probably share the compartment with another group. Female guests may choose to sleep in a separate compartment. Please make your group aware they may experience normal ship noises, such as creaks and groans during the night.

Equipment to Bring

The berthing compartments are equipped with canvas covered “racks” with foam mattresses. Each person should bring a pillow, sleeping bag, and extra blanket in cold weather, toiletries, hand towel, flashlight, a jacket, and a warm hat in cold weather. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

Please Do Not Bring

Please do not bring any electronic devices including hairdryers; laser pointers; knives; open flame devices including lighters and matches; or food or drink items (with an exception of meals for those with food allergies). Please do not wear open toed shoes/sandals.


A limited number of lockers are available to share in the berthing compartments. Each group can bring several locks to secure their valuables and personal belongings. The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation is NOT responsible for loss of personal items.


Overnight gear is not allowed on the ship before 5 PM on Saturdays/6 PM on weekdays and private vehicles are not allowed on the pier. Parking is available across the street and participants are expected to carry sleeping bags and other gear on board at the appointed time. Our overnights ares conducted in a fun-spirited, organized manner; falling in, stowing your gear, and following orders are all part of this unique and memorable experience.

Group ID

Wristbands will be issued upon arrival and must be worn at all times while on board USS Hornet. The wristband gives you in-out privileges during museum hours on the second day.

Safety Drill

All participants must participate in an emergency evacuation drill. (MANDATORY)

Handicap Access

Due to the historical nature of the ship, handicap access is extremely limited.


HORNET staff will be onsite and available in case of emergency. After-hour or emergency contact can be made by calling the Security Desk at (510) 521-8448 x 226.

Coinciding Events

Many events take place on board USS Hornet and it is possible that a banquet, dance, cocktail reception, or other function may be scheduled during your visit. On such occasions, your group activities will remain separated from the event area.