Each of the following programs may be scheduled with school or youth group visits to enhance the students’ educational experience.  Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes and there is an additional charge when combined with a guided tour as indicated in the School and Youth Group Tour Policies.  Subsequent tours of the Museum’s exhibits will relate to the subject matter covered in the program.

Aerodynamics with Paper Airplanes

In this interactive exercise, students are introduced to basic principles of aerodynamics, including the four forces of flight, and a demonstration of how the wing of an airplane develops the lift that enables it to fly.  The students then apply their knowledge by building and flying both simple and complex paper airplanes, which they can take with them.

History of Space Flight

The history of rockets and missiles, from ancient China to future space missions, is presented in a multi-media format.  A close examination of the design features of various spacecraft helps students to gain an appreciation for how emerging technologies and the lessons of the past have affected the evolution of current and future spacecraft.

How the Airport Works

This program acquaints students with the intricate activities of a major city airport.  Areas of the airport’s day-to-day operation include the control tower, hangars and terminal areas, as well as details about runway and taxiway construction and markings.

Aviation Talk—The Phonetic Alphabet and Military Time

Young students gain an understanding of the phonetic alphabet used by both the military and civilian aviation community, learning to spell common words as well as their own names.  They also use their math skills as they learn to transition from conventional timekeeping to the 24-hour clock used in many other countries and the military environment.

Scale Model of the Earth/Moon System

Principles of math and space science enter into this activity in which students become familiar with the concept of ratios to craft a scale model of the Earth and Moon with various sizes of sports balls.  Younger students will use estimation to determine the relative diameter of and distance between the two bodies while older students determine the answers through calculation.

To Other Worlds—Exploring the Solar System

Through an illustrated tour of our Solar System, students discover features of the planets from Mercury to Neptune and beyond.  This program includes new information recently gleaned from the surface of Mars by the Phoenix Lander.

Lunar Survival (Down on the Moon!)

In June 2033, your spacecraft crashes onto the Moon’s surface hundreds of miles from your destination. You have limited equipment to sustain you; what do you take and what do you leave behind? This exercise combines space science with cognitive reasoning skills.