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Engineer's Workshop

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.

Investigate real aircraft and modern aircraft operations with a special field trip to the Oakland Aviation Museum and San Francisco International Airport.† See a wide range of high performance aircraft ranging from historic designs from the dawn of flight to supersonic fighter aircraft.† Observe operations at a major international airport and visit different airport operations centers in a behind-the-scenes glimpse into aviation operations in our own backyard.

Engineer's Workshop Includes:
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Daily Design Challenges
  • Advanced Model Aircraft Construction
  • Restoration Shop Tour & Tool Orientation
  • Group Disassembly/Reconstruction of Penguin Airplane
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • 3D Printing and Wind Tunnel Tests
  • Advanced Flight Simulation
  • Energy Cars
  • Aerodynamics Labs
  • Airliner Design Characteristics and Models
  • Propeller Cars
  • 3D Airplane Puzzles
  • And More!
Program Dates:
All Sessions Completed for this Summer



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