YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS
At the Museum or at Your Location
The Frontiers of Flight Museum offers students a unique environment to learn about innovations and technologies in aviation and space flight which have enabled mankind to fly higher, faster, and further. The museum houses over 30 full-sized aircraft and space vehicles and is home to many unique artifacts including: the V-173 “Flying Pancake”, the Apollo 7 Command Module, a full scale model of the Wright Brother’s 1903 Flyer, and the radio operators seat from the ill-fated Hindenburg airship.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE MUSEUM OR AT YOUR LOCATION
We offer several classroom and auditorium educational programs in both STEM and Social Studies contact areas. These include: aviation, rocketry, space exploration, Earth-Moon system, solar system, history of Love Field and transportation in Dallas/Fort Worth, WW I, WW II, and living history.
OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS DESCRIPTIONS:
Aerodynamics with Paper Airplanes
Students are introduced to the physics of aerodynamics and learn about the four forces of flight through this hands-on and interactive program. They apply their newly gained knowledge by folding and flying a wing-shaped paper airplane. Students visit the Vought V-173 “Flying Pancake” – a wing-shaped proof-of-concept aircraft designed for the Navy during WW II.
The colorful history of famous aviation personalities are brought to life through our living history presentations. Personalities include: Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, Jimmy Doolittle, Red Baron, Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Count von Zeppelin, and Admiral Rosendahl.
History of Space Flight
Students take an in-depth look at the history of space flight including science fact vs. science fiction, rocket development, innovations/technologies that enabled us to explore space, and the significant role Texas has played in the development of the U.S. space program beginning with the Gemini program through present-day flights. Students learn the importance of space exploration and how it affects their everyday lives. Students will visit the life-size model of Sputnik, the Apollo 7 Command Module, and various Space Shuttle artifacts.
Students work in teams to apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to survive a lunar crash. Students learn about the Earth-Moon system and compare the physical characteristics of the two celestial bodies. A brief history of lunar exploration during the Apollo Space Program is presented. Students visit the Apollo 7 Command Module and Moon rock in the Space Theater.
To Other Worlds: Exploring the Solar System
Students take a trip through our solar system and compare/contrast the physical characteristics of the planets. Student use simple mathematics to construct a scale model of the solar system which can be taken back to school and displayed in the classroom. A brief history of planetary exploration including the Apollo Space Program, Curiosity’s mission to Mars, and New Horizons mission to Pluto are presented. Students visit the Apollo 7 Command Module and the Moon rock in the Space Theater.
Students learn about the characteristics of the Earth/Moon system and compare/contrast the physical properties of the moon and Earth. Using simple mathematics and reference objects they create a scale model of the Earth/Moon. A brief history of lunar exploration during the Apollo Space Program is presented. Students visit the Apollo 7 Command Module and moon rock in the Space Theater.
Flight School 101
In this program students get to experience first-hand what it is like to be a pilot. They learn the basics of aviation including the phonetic alphabet, parts of an airplane, flight instruments, navigation, and flight controls. Students have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the Frontier Flyer.
Innovations & Technologies that Advanced Flight (at the Museum only)
Students explore various aircraft in the Museums’ collection and learn how innovations in aircraft design (wings, engine, landing gear, cabin pressurization) and technology (flight instruments, navigation systems) have enabled mankind to fly faster, higher, and further.
Trip to the Airport
Young learners are introduced to the various people and facilities that help support the day to day operations of an airport. Students meet the people and are shown the different work areas including: ticket area, baggage check-in, TSA security, and the jetway. They will learn about the different facilities that make up the airport including the terminal, control tower, fire station, and hangars. The students will then pilot their own plastic airplanes and “fly” around the museum in a short tour visiting various age appropriate exhibits. The tour ends with an exciting “landing” down the main Museum runway.
Let’s Take a Flight
Young learners role play various careers as they plan and execute an imaginary flight. Children are given a pretend destination upon arrival in class and discuss the destination prior to “packing” their bag. They will then be given a folder “suitcase” and a baggie of either boys or girls paper clothes to pack. Each child will have a name tag with a specific job to role play with regards to a flight. One child will be a ticket agent, baggage handler, and a banker. Others will portray the flight crew while the rest will be passengers. Students will be taken to the “FOFM Village” where the bank, ticket booth, and baggage area are located. Each child will get money from the bank, buy their ticket, and check their baggage. They will then board an actual Southwest Airlines 737 for their “flight.” Every child will be given the opportunity to sit in the cockpit and experience the thrill of piloting a 737.
Young learners are introduced to the language of pilots and air traffic controllers through a fun and engaging game. The phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio, telephone, or encrypted messages. Spoken words from an approved list are substituted for letters. This practice helps to prevent confusion between similar sounding letters, such as “m” and “n”, and to clarify communications that may be garbled during transmission.