What better way to experience the fun of model aviation than building and flying your own model aircraft?
Our "Build-and-Fly Adventures!" are a hit with groups of all ages. This is great way to give your students a hands-on STEM learning experience!
Please book at least two weeks in advance!
Our tour rates begin at $30 for the FPG-9 and $50 for the Sky Streaks, to account for a minimum of 10 students. Each additional student will be $3 (FPG-9) or $5 (Sky Streak) each, and each adult chaperone will be $4 (FPG-9), $6 (Sky Streak), or $2 (Tour Only).
Each adventure includes a tour of the museum and either the FPG-9 or Sky Streak building activity:
The FPG-9 glider is made from foam and teaches basic construction and trimming techniques. We will also teach you how to use the built-in control surfaces to change the direction of your flight. After we build it, we'll perform an indoor flight test challenge! This simple model is perfect for ages 5 and up.
Cost: $3 per Child
$4 per Adult
Time: about 90 minutes
The Sky Streak is a rubber-powered balsa wood model. You will learn the basics of balsa construction, and we'll help you transform the basic kit into a super flying machine! You'll also learn how to properly wind the motor and techniques for a strong launch. If the weather is right, we will go outside and fly them. Sky Streaks are best suited for ages 10 and up.
Cost: $5 per Child
$6 per Adult
Time: about 90 minutes
Teachers attend for free.
We ask that you please have at least one adult chaperone for every ten children attending.
Food & Drink
While food and drinks are not permitted inside the gallery space, we understand that your students get hungry! Luckily, we have both indoor and outdoor space where your students can eat lunch. When you book a tour at the National Model Aviation Museum, you and your students have access to the Claude McCullough Education Facility for no additional charge.
If you are looking to expand your field trip, we offer additional activities. These require additional time beyond the 90-minute Build-and-Fly Adventure.
"All Because of Model Airplanes" Introductory Film
This 20-minute film is shown in our Museum's theater and introduces model aviation as a hobby. It shows model aircraft in action and talks about some of the different types of aircraft, competitions and benefits of the hobby.
Flying Demonstrations at our Outdoor Site
We may be able to provide your group with a special flight demo session in our outdoor space! Our bleachers give a great view and the sound system makes it easy for students to hear explanations from the pilot and to ask questions during the flight. This activity requires additional time and is weather-dependent. Ask about our outdoor flight demos when you book for availability and pricing!
Museum Gallery Scavenger Hunt Adventure!
Our comic-themed scavenger hunt encourages students to take a closer look at some of the objects in the museum and notice the amazing accomplishments they are surrounded by. Pictures help them locate the right artifact, and then they read the label to fill in the blank or find the answer to the question. Time for this activity can vary, but it is always fun to set a time limit and see how many answers the students can find. The scavenger hunt is great for promoting teamwork in pairs or small groups!