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S C H O O L     P R O G R A M S

 

  How to Schedule your Field Trip
 
   
1.    Select tour and program topics.

2.    Determine at least two possible dates for your field trip.

3.    Use our online field trip request system or call the Hiller Aviation Museum at (650) 654-0200 at least two weeks in advance of your requested date to make a reservation.

Confirmation information is distributed via email within three business days. Review confirmation information carefully upon receipt.


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School Programs

Enhance the Hiller Aviation Museum experience for your students by scheduling a hands-on program as part of your visit. A variety of programs are available for different grade levels and include model aircraft, aviation weather, aerodynamics labs and flight simulation in the Flight Sim Zone. Programs last 50 minutes (90 minutes for Extended Programs) and require a program fee in addition to Museum admission.

Select programs from these general categories:

Aircraft Design & Engineering
Physical Science
Weather & Earth Science

All programs are aligned with California State Content Standards in science or math and are intended to be completed in conjunction with a guided tour. The Aerodynamics Tour is strongly recommended for junior high groups participating in a Forces of Flight program.



Aircraft Design & Engineering


Aero Design Challenge
SPECIAL EVENT!

Grades 4-8
Saturday, October 24, 2015

FREE to participate (and no charge for museum admission).
Join the excitement of the 2015 Aero Design Challenge!† Complete an exciting set of experiences in the Museumís Gallery, then use the Engineering Design Process to tackle this yearís special project.†
Offered Saturday, October 24th only. Click here for more information.

Register online.
 
Amazing Aircraft I
Grades K-5, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $3.50 per Student*
Our most popular hands-on program! Learn the different kinds of aircraft and identify the parts of an airplane before building and flying a simple balsa glider. Grades 4-5 add control surfaces to guide their gliderís flight. It ís an adventure in aviation!

Register online.
Amazing Aircraft II
Grades 3-8, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $5.00 per Student*
Take flight with a rubber-powered airplane! Recommended for older students, Amazing Aircraft II features construction and flight of a larger, propeller powered balsa airplane. Grades 4-8 add control surfaces to guide their airplaneís flight. Launch into the amazing world of aircraft!

Register online.
Polymer Pilots
Grades 3-8, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $5.00 per Student*
Explore the materials used in the construction of modern aircraft.† Observe composite construction of aerospace structures and historical laminate propellers.† See modern CAD software and 3D printers in action, and combine chemicals to make a polymer with unique properties.

Register online.
Wright Flight
Grades 3-8, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $7.00 per Student*
Discover the history of Wilbur and Orville Wright and their unprecedented scientific adventure to invent the worldís first airplane. Examine a full-scale recreation of their 1903 Flyer and build a beautifully detailed flying model to help take the excitement of the first flight home.

Register online.



Physical Science


Flight and Motion
Grades K-8, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $3.50 per Student*
Investigate the forces of flight while building and flying a model glider!† Primary students explore lift, thrust, drag and gravity, while elementary and above construct flight controls to change the attitude of their flying model aircraft.

Register online.
Flight Planning Lab
Grades 5-12, 90-Minute Duration
Program Fee $7.00 per Student*
Science, math and aviation come together in a three-part experience! Students inspect a small aircraft, use aviation charts to plan a flight between airports, and fly a portion of the planned flight in the Flight Sim Zone. Careful consideration of terrain contours and calculations of fuel consumption and velocity are essential to ensure a safe mission.

Register online.
 
Flight Simulator Lab
Grades 3-12, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $5.00 per Student*
Enter the Museumís Flight Sim Zone, where every student has the opportunity to control a simulated airplane through several realistic, age-appropriate missions. Using state-of-the-art flight simulation equipment and software, students work in pairs to master aircraft control while flying through a beautiful reproduction of the Bay Area and other locations worldwide.

Register online.
Physics Flyers
Grades 3-8, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $5.00 per Student*
Experience the science of aerodynamics from the controls of a simulated airplane!† Students operate a flight simulator and keep lift, thrust, drag and gravity in balance while completing an exciting series of realistic missions.

Register online.
Introduction to Aviation
Grades 3-6, 90-Minute Duration
Program Fee $7.00 per Student*
Combine flight simulation and glider construction to explore aviation from every angle! Students conduct a hands-on inspection of a real airplane, build a flying model glider and try their hand flying a small airplane in the Flight Sim Zone. Itís an all-inclusive aviation experience!

Register online.
 

Weather & Earth Science


Eye on the Sky by Night and Day
Grades K-2, 90-Minute Duration
Program Fee $6.00 per Student plus $30 per day*
Investigate the sky by day and night! Discover the water cycleís role in cloud formation and identify the cloud types that impact aviation while constructing cloud cards. Then, crawl beneath the expansive dome of the Starlab planetarium to investigate stars, planets and constellations found in the nighttime sky.

Register online.
Night Flight
Grades 3-8, 90-Minute Duration
Program Fee $7.00 per Student plus $30 per day*
Take flight under the stars in a spectacular hands-on exploration of the sky! Identify stars, planets, constellations and directions under the arch of the Starlab dome. Take the controls of a small airplane in the flight simulators to master basic aircraft control, then take on the challenge of navigating to a successful landing under simulated nighttime conditions.

Register online.
Sky Watchers
Grades K-8, 30-Minute Duration
Program Fee $3.50 per Student plus $30 per day*
Take an adventure into the night-time sky! Students enter a giant inflatable Starlab dome to explore by day the stars, planets and constellations that will be visible in the sky that night and discover the means by which early navigators found directions and plotted their courses by the stars.

Register online.
Storm Chasers
Grades 3-8, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $5.00 per Student*
Explore how weather affects flight in a challenging foul-weather flight simulation. Discover thunderstorms and other weather hazards and how they affect aircraft, and then enter the Flight Sim Zone to embark on a realistic mission into inclement conditions. Itís a thrilling adventure to the edge of aviation!

Register online.
 
Weather Watchers
Grade K, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $3.50 per Student*
Observe local weather and discover how rain, clouds and temperature affect pilots planning a flight.† Build and use a weather instrument and measure temperature differences in a special weather program just for kindergarten!

Register online.

 
 


 

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