School Distance Programs

Distance Learning programs feature hands-on, aerospace-themed science and engineering programs for K-8 students adapted to the distance learning environment.  Hiller Aviation Museum educators lead Zoom-based programs exploring flight with hands-on aircraft assembly and flight tests and/or encounters with real aircraft on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Fee waivers are available for qualified low income schools with at least 30% of enrolled students eligible for free/reduced price meals.  Download the Admission and Program Fee Waiver Request for more information or to apply today.

This is an exciting, excellent program that gives students a vision for what they could possibly do in their futures, plus gives them fresh appreciation for the science of flight.

10th Grade Teacher

Sierra View Christian School

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.

How to Schedule Your School Program

1.   Determine at least two possible dates for your field trip or distance program.

2.   Use the Distance Learning Request Form to make a reservation for a remote program.

3.   Use the Field Trip Request form to make a reservation for a traditional onsite field trip.

4.   A credit card is required to confirm all reservations, but payment is not due until the day of the program.

Distance Learning Programs


Amazing Aircraft

Grades K-5
$40/class + $2/child
45 Minute Duration

The Hiller Aviation Museum’s most popular hands-on program arrives in your classroom!  Designed for classes working at school in a room with their teachers, Amazing Aircraft features an instructor-led exploration of the parts of an airplane using a real Cessna 177 aircraft at the Hiller Aviation Museum, completion of a coloring activity, and construction and test flights of a simple balsa glider.

A supply kit including balsa gliders and coloring sheets will be shipped to the address provided on the reservation request seven days prior to the program date.  Students should have access to crayons, and teachers should have access to clear or masking tape for minor repairs.

Out of Class

Helicopter Adventure

Grades K-8
Program Fee $40/class
45 Minute Duration

Perfect for students in a full distance-learning environment, Helicopter Adventure explores the world of vertical flight with an exciting engineering exercise based on paper models.  Hiller Aviation Museum staff conduct a Zoom-based virtual tour of a Scorpion helicopter at the Hiller Aviation Museum and lead construction and testing of a simple paper helicopter.  Children measure the characteristics of helicopter flight and make predictions on how rotor size will affect helicopter performance.

Students need not be in a single location to participate in this program.  The Hiller Aviation Museum will provide a printable one-page .pdf file that must be printed for each participating child.  Children must have access to scissors to complete the project, but no other supplies or equipment are necessary.

Virtual Tours

Dream of Flight

Grades 3-8
Program Fee $25/class
25 Minute Duration

Investigate some of the historic aircraft on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum in an interactive Zoom session with a Museum educator!  Each tour features a close-up exploration and, where possible, cockpit checkout of three different aircraft or aircraft replicas.  Featured airplanes and helicopters include the Wright Flyer, Curtiss Pusher, XH-44 Helicopter, Grumman Albatross and more!

No materials required.

Fee Waivers for Low Income Schools Schools with at least 30% of students qualified to receive free or reduced price meals may complete a request for fee waivers or (for onsite field trips) transportation reimbursement.  Three different forms of support are available:

Reservations must be booked in advance of consideration of any and all school program assistance requests. Contact the Education office, or (650) 654-0200 x 215, for more information.