YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS
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The Frontiers of Flight Museum offers students a unique environment to learn about innovations and technologies in aviation and space flight.
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.
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 newest addition, “SPOC” (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule), a portable planetarium, is a great expansion to students’ learning experiences.
OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS DESCRIPTIONS:
My Moon, My Sky (PK-1st grades)
Inside our digital planetarium (SPOC), students travel through space to observe, recognize, and understand the Earth and the Moon. Students will grasp a better understanding of Earth’s rotation causing the day/night cycle and revolution creating the seasons by observing the Earth’s and the Moon’s movements. Students will be asked to describe objects in the sky such as clouds, the Moon, and stars (including our Sun). Students will observe and describe celestial objects in relation to their size, location, shape, color, and texture.
Trip to the Airport (PK – 1st grades)
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.
SEMS – Sun, Earth, Moon System (1st – 5th grades)
SEMS is an interactive digital planetarium program (SPOC) which teaches students about the interaction between the Sun, Earth, and Moon. Students identify and compare the physical characteristics of the SEM system and observe the rotation of the Earth through the day/night cycle. Students observe the relative positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon which lead to the lunar cycle and solar/lunar eclipses. A brief fly through the Solar System shows the relative position and orbital pattern of the eight major planets in relation to the Sun.
Living History (1st – 12th grades)
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 (2nd – 12th grades)
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.
Lunar Survival (2nd – 12th grades)
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.
Aerodynamics with Paper Airplanes (3rd – 12th grades)
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.
Trip Through The Solar System (6th– 12th grades)
In this program students are guided on a galactic adventure through our solar system using our interactive digital planetarium (SPOC). Students visit each of the eight major planets in our solar system and learn about each planet’s physical and chemical properties, location, orbit, and natural satellites. Students observe how the tilted Earth rotates on its axis causing day and night and how its revolution around the sun results in the changing of seasons. Students learn that our Sun is a medium-sized star and how a distant stars’ temperature and color are used to determine its size. A brief overview of past, present, and future planetary explorations is discussed and the importance of the Earth’s position in the “goldilocks zone” is reviewed.
Flight School 101 (6th – 12th grades)
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.