Museum of Aviation has much to offer schoolchildren

January 23, 2013 

Museum of Aviation events are true to their vision to “explore the past, create the future” in the many field trips, tours, flight labs and outreach programs they offer. Coming March 30 is “Spring into Science,” giving children pre-K through fifth grade the opportunity to experiment with math and science with the Easter Bunny. The children are asked to bring an Easter basket for an egg hunt that will also be included in the 9 a.m.-noon function. Cost for “Spring into Science” is $30 per person with reservations being made by calling Cindy Groves at 222-7575. You may also e-mail Cindy at

Other STEM-based programs being offered by the Education Department at the Museum of Aviation are varied and geared toward all ages up to the 12th grade. All classes vary in fees and require a minimum and maximum enrollment. For grades preK-K there is Wonder Wings on Tuesdays-Fridays in the morning. This is a field trip that focuses on basic parts of an airplane, studying the F-15 fighter jet and other fun, interactive activities.

ACE is for first through fifth grades. Tuesday through Friday there are field trips specifically designed to correlate with state and national standards for each grade level. The curriculum consists of stimulating hands-on STEM activities and an opportunity to sit in the cockpit of an F-15 fighter jet. Objectives for each grade level are sound (first), motion (second), magnetic force (third), forces, mass and motion (fourth) and electricity (fifth).

ACE Plus is for first through fifth grades and is a special package that includes an ACE field trip and a guided tour in the Eagle Building after a 30 minute lunch break. This all-day field trip covers science and history.

ACE Plus also offers a field trip that comes directly to your school. In other words, instead of students coming to the museum, the museum comes to the students. Schools must be within 30 miles of the museum, and the program is geared for first through fifth grades.

Guided tours of the museum are available for ages 5 and up and offer an exploration of world history through the museum exhibits and aircraft. The tours are history-based led by trained staff and include one or more buildings. The tour can be correlated with a particular classroom curriculum as well. Students also go inside the C-130 Hercules airplane for an inside-an-aircraft experience and a paratrooper film.

NASA Regional Educator Resource Center serves as a preview and distribution center for NASA produced educational materials that focus on STEM curriculum. RERC is unique to Georgia and located in the Century of Flight Hangar. It offers monthly hands-on workshops at no charge for K-12 educators connecting STEM with NASA resources.

Mission Quest Flight Labs are offered for grades 6-12 and offer either a three-hour flight lab plus a guided museum tour, or a three-hour visit to your school in preparation for a museum visit plus a three-hour flight lab and tour.

Finally, the museum offers an Aviation Outreach Program for grades 6-12 that focuses on aviation history and careers. Also, the transporter at the museum offers a thrilling five minute ride in a seven-seat, six-axis, motion-based simulator. There is a discount for transporter rides for all groups pre-scheduled for a paid education program.

The person to contact for Wonder Wings and ACE Programs is Cindy Groves, 222-7575 or For Mission Quest and Aviation Outreach, contact Wayne Carley at 926-1986 or Candi James is the contact person for guided tours and self-guided tours and can be reached at 926-5558. For NASA RERC, contact Clare Swinford at (478) 222-7547.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 922-5100 or

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