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  Aero Design - Falling Bodies

There is no cost to participate in the Aero Design Challenge, but space is limited and advance reservations are required.

School groups of 12 or more, click here to request a block of space using the online field trip request system.† A credit card is required to hold a group space but no charge if the group attends as scheduled.† Cancellations made with fewer than 3 daysí notice are subject to a cancellation fee.

Individual students or small groups, click here to register.†

Aero Design Challenge

Saturday, November 1, 2014
  9:45 am - 12:00 pm (first session) FULL
  12:15 pm - 2:30 pm (second session)
  2:45 pm - 5:00 pm (third session)


Students Grades 4-8 are invited to take part in the Aero Design Challenge event at the Hiller Aviation Museum on Saturday, November 1st.

Developed in collaboration with educators from Stanford's Design Thinking School, this Museum-based exploration of the engineering design process engages students with a series of Museum-based, aerodynamics-themed inspiration experiences, then launches them into the invention design process to design, test and present an innovative prototype for a new aerospace technology.

This year's program theme explores air resistance and falling bodies. Exploration experience will include a brief Museum tour, flight simulation, and close-up examination of an aircraft parachute. Participants will then design and build a small model parachute able to land a payload within a designated area, test it in a wind tunnel apparatus, and make design changes as needed to ensure a successful trial.


There are no fees or cost for children and adults participating in the Aero Design Challenge on November 1, but space is strictly limited and advance reservations are required (see below).

Raffle prizes totaling up to $300 will be given away during the Aero Design Challenge on November 1, including Gift Certificates to the Museum's store and real remote control helicopters. Each student who finishes the workshop will be entered into the raffle.

Registration is open to organized school groups and individual students. Teachers bringing groups of 12 or more may submit a regular field trip reservation indicating November 1 as the field trip date using the Museumís Online Field Trip Request System.† Parents of individual students or small groups may reserve a space using the online request form for individual students. Registration opens to individual students on a space-available basis on Monday, October 20.

Field trip grants to help offset other costs, such as transportation, of up to $400 per school are available to low income schools meeting the award criteria. Download the Grant Funding Application to apply today.

Registration opens to individual students on a space-available basis on Monday, October 20.

Make your plans today to join the Aero Design Challenge for an amazing experience in aerospace invention!



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