Aerospace Design and Construction
Entering Grades 6-8
Full Day Only - Includes Field Trip
Take on the creative challenge of aerospace engineering! Experience the tools used with modern aerostructures in a guided experience and work session in the Museumís Restoration Shop, then put the tools to the test by partially disassembling and reconstructing a real small aircraft.
Explore 21st century engineering design and cutting edge techniques in the Museumís new Invention Lab by using Computer Aided Design software to design and build a simple airfoil in cyberspace. Use a 3D printer to create a testable prototype, and use tabletop wind tunnels and flight tests to perfect the design.
Participate in a special field trip to San Francisco International Airport to observe modern aircraft in action. Tour the United Airlines Maintenance facility (security conditions permitting) for a unique close-up view of the engines, airframes and aerostructures used in 21st-century aircraft, or visit the Oakland Aviation Museum to survey a diverse collection of large-scale aircraft.
Engineer's Workshop Includes:
- Restoration Shop Tour & Tool Orientation
- Group Disassembly/Reconstruction of Small Aircraft
- Computer-Aided Design Software
- 3D Printing and Wind Tunnel Tests
- Advanced Flight Simulation
- FPG-9 Glider Challenge
- Tower Design and Construction
- Energy Cars
- Mars Lander Design
- Field Trip to San Francisco International Airport or Oakland Aviation Museum
- And Much, Much More!
Session 4: June 23-27
Session 8: July 21-25
Session 11: August 11-15