School Field Trip Programs

For distance-learning friendly virtual programs, visit the Distance Learning Page.

Enhance the Hiller Aviation Museum experience for your students by scheduling a hands-on program as part of your visit. A variety of programs are available for different grade levels and include model aircraft, aviation weather, aerodynamics labs and flight simulation in the Flight Sim Zone. Programs last 50 minutes and require a program fee in addition to Museum admission.

Limited field trip programs are available starting March 1, 2021, contingent on state and county health rules.  An expanded set of field trip programs are available from June 1, 2021.  Class sizes are limited to 16 through May 28, 2021, and program fees apply on a per-class basis.  Larger classes may divide into two or more smaller ones to participate in hands-on programs.

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.

Program Topics

Aircraft Design and Engineering

Amazing Aircraft I

Grades K-5, 50-Minute Duration
Program Fee $60 per Class (plus Museum admission)

Our most popular hands-on program! Learn the different kinds of aircraft and identify the parts of an airplane before building and flying a simple balsa glider. Grades 4-5 add control surfaces to guide their glider’s flight. It ’s an adventure in aviation!

Physical Science

Flight Planning Lab 1

Grades 5-12, 45-Minute Duration
Program Fee $60/class (plus Museum admission)

Learn to read aeronautical charts and use basic math to calculate speed, distance and fuel consumption problems in the Flight Planning Lab!  Authentic aeronautical tools make the Flight Planning Lab a memorable experience in the world of aviation.

Weather and Earth Science

Eye on the Sky

Grades K-2, 50-minute duration
Program Fee $60/class (plus Museum admission)

Explore the world of weather!  Discover the water cycle’s role in cloud formation and identify the cloud types that impact aviation. Construct a model of the water cycle and a cloud identification card.

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.