May 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd
San Carlos CA

Meet Hiller Aviation Museum staff and build an aviation-themed project online in a special Virtual Invention Lab session!

Virtual Invention Lab meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 PM.

Each session runs 30-35 minutes and includes an introduction, hands-on activity, and exploration of an aircraft or aircraft replica in the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Presented live via Zoom from the Invention Lab studio!    No pre-registration required, just drop in!

Virtual Invention Lab topics Winter 2021

  • Star Wheels/SpaceShipOne (January 19-21)
  • Amazing Aircraft/Penguin (January 26-28)
  • Soaring Gliders (February 2-4)
  • Aircraft Identification (February 9-11)
  • Mars Helicopters (February 16-18)
  • Kites (February 23-25)

Free of charge!


Sponsored by the SAGA Foundation

The Hiller Aviation Museum’s Virtual Invention Lab is presented through the generous support of the SAGA Foundation. 

Current Activity

January 19-21

Star Wheels

Investigate the stars and constellations of the night sky while building a simple paper star wheel!  Participants learn how astronomers identify patterns of stars in the sky and construct a circular paper computer that can be used to easily predict the appearance of the night sky any time of the night, any night of the year!  Exhibit exploration and question/answer session follows at approximately 2:30 PM.

Supply List – Star Wheels

  • Star Wheel handout
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers/Crayons (optional)


Handout Link

Star Wheel Handout

Zoom Link

Zoom Link

Zoom link active only during scheduled Virtual Invention Lab sessions.

January 26-28

Amazing Aircraft

Learn about the parts of an airplane while examining a unique Hiller Aviation Museum aircraft!  Participants discover the five basic families of aircraft and complete a color-coded airplane illustration to identify its main parts, then complete a virtual check out in the Museum’s special Penguin instructional airplane.

Supply List – Amazing Aircraft



Amazing Aircraft Coloring Sheet

Zoom Link

Zoom Link

Pre-registration required for December 31 Noon Year’s Eve virtual event.