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.

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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.

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.