Aviation Day Camp
Robotics, Circuits and Aircraft Design
Entering Grades 5-8
Full Day Only – Includes Field Trip
Leap into the world of aerospace engineering, building aircraft, drones, robots, circuits and more in a high-tech adventure in design!
Start in the Hiller Aviation Museum Invention Lab, a unique maker space equipped with authentic tools of science. Learn to use computer aided design, 3D printers, infrared sensors and more to solve a range of design challenges.
Investigate circuit electricity and take the challenge to the next level, using Arduino microprocessors and connecting them in circuits with a variety of sensors. Place the working experiment into an airborne platform to collect and analyze data.
Put technology in motion using programmable robotics. Learn the basics of robotic design, construction and drag-and-drop coding, then construct a device able to complete a task.
Combine technologies and launch them skywards while constructing a drone aircraft. Design and build a boilerplate drone using flight, structural and electronic components. Assemble and launch a working drone comprised of LEGO bricks, then amend its design to observe changes in flight behavior. Fly a variety of drones in the Museum’s Drone Plex flight center.
Scale up the experience at the Museum’s Penguin airplane, a small airplane able to be assembled and disassembled by camp participants. Attach wings, stabilizers and control surfaces and rig all necessary control cables to gain exceptional insights into the function of different parts of an airplane and discover the engineering and mechanics required for each and every aircraft to take flight.
Observe high performance aircraft in a behind-the-scenes tour of the United Airlines Maintenance Base at San Francisco International Airport. See modern engines and airframes close up and meet aircraft mechanics in a unique glimpse of how today’s airliners are designed, built and maintained.
Engineers Workshop Camp Includes:
- Group Disassembly/Reconstruction of Small Aircraft
- Computer-Aided Design and 3D Printing
- Drone Flight Simulation and Indoor Drone Plex Flight
- Drone Construction and Testing
- Advanced Flight Simulation
- Robotics Construction and Programming
- Arduino Circuits and Sensors
- Field Trip to Bay Area Engineering Center
- And Much, Much More!
Elementary Topics (K-6)
All camps are located at the Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos Airport.