Aero Design Challenge

Grades 4-8

Aero Design Challenge is an exploration into design and engineering.   Each 2.75-hour program explores concepts in aeronautics that challenges participants to construct a working prototype.

Please note schools must be onsite for at least 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete program. The program time includes a 10-minute break. We recommend staying at least 30-60 minutes after the program end time to enjoy your lunch onsite and to explore the museum.


School Groups
Reserve a ADC program date between
November 2023 – April 2024
*Minimum School Group Size of 30 Students Required

General Public
Saturday February 17, 2024, 1:30 PM – 4 PM
Pre-registration required as space is limited.
Single & small group registrations only!

2023-2024 Theme: Land Yachts

Each student in the Aero Design Challenge participates in a series of discovery experiences in the Hiller Aviation Museum’s main gallery, including:

  • Flight simulation
  • Exploration of Museum Gallery
  • Design Challenges

In addition to the exploration period, this year’s Aero Design Challenge challenges students to design, build, and revise a land yacht, a wind powered vehicle, that will travel the furthest distance using wind power. Using common materials, students will employ design thinking principals to apply science and engineering concepts of flight to a ground-based vehicle. 

Held annually since 2013, the Aero Design Challenge celebrates the design thinking process in the world of flight. Offered at no cost to participants through the generous support of sponsors,  the Aero Design Challenge has engaged over 4,500 participants since its inception.

Aero Design Challenge generously sponsored by:

How to Register

Aero Design Challenge programs are provided to students at no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Schools may select any day for their Aero Design Challenge visit. Subject to availability on Hiller Education calendar. One adult is admitted at no charge for every eight students, with additional adults admitted at $10.00/adult. School groups (minimum 30 students) may complete a field trip reservation request using the Museum’s convenient online request system. 

Available only on Saturday February 17, 2024 from 1:30 PM – 4 PM

Individual students or small groups of up to 11 students may register online for our public Aero Design Challenge session. All students/groups should have at least one accompanying adult chaperone in attendance. No fee for adult chaperones. Hiller staff are not responsible for the supervision of participants.

All Aero Design Challenge participants will receive a confirmation email and additional information regarding the program approximately one week prior to program date.  Make your plans now to join an exceptional hands-on aerospace engineering experience.

Exciting News!

The California Association of Museums and State Superintendent’s Office of Public Instruction have awarded the Hiller Aviation Museum the Excellence in Museum Education Award for its Aero Design Challenge.

Click here for more information.

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