October 28, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Aero Workshop

Grades 3-8

Sunday, December 16
1:30 PM & 3:00 PM

Sunday, February 24
1:30 PM & 3:00 PM




Put your engineering skills to the test in the Aero Workshop!  Each session is a special 75-minute mini design challenge designed for children ages 8-12.  Each workshop centers on a particular problem in aerospace illustrated by a pair of hands-on experiences.  Participants then work in small teams of 3-5 to design, build and test a working invention, then launching it in a culminating competition.


Investigate the technologies used to construct towers, from the ancient Egyptian engineer Imhotep to modern Air Traffic Control facilities.  Design and build a tower able to reach the highest possible altitude!



Experiment with vertical flight!  Test paper helicopters in a wind tunnel to explore rotary-wing lift, then create an unpowered helicopter designed for long duration flight.

Program Description

Each 75-minute Aero Workshop is restricted to children ages 8-12.  At least one parent or guardian must accompany children throughout the program.

All programs include the following components:

  • Introduction to day’s Aero Workshop theme
  • Hands-On discovery experiences
  • Invention design/creation time
  • Competition at end of session

Aero Workshop participation is included with Museum admission,

How to Register

Aero Workshop participation is included in Museum admission (no charge to Members) and no advance registration is required.  Participants may report to the Invention Lab to check in starting 10 minutes before each scheduled session.