Field Trips/Flight Workshops/Outreach
Field Trips may be scheduled at any time through the form below. Guided programs and STEM Workshops must be scheduled at least two weeks ahead of time and are subject to availability. Please view our 2016-2017 Education Guide for detailed field trip information including program descriptions and TEKS alignment.
Your group may qualify for our $3/person group rate if you have more than 15 people and pay in one transaction. Funding is available for Title 1 schools that may be used to help cover field trip and outreach programs. Please email, Lauren.Giffin@aa.com for more information on funding opportunities.
Self-Guided Programs Be your own guide and download our Museum Educators Guide to view topics and themes you and your students can focus on in our historic, interactive and hands-on exhibits. Explore the museum with our Museum Treasure Hunt (K-3) and Museum Scavenger Hunts (3-12). Museum Treasure Hunts and Scavenger Hunts can be found on the Educator’s Resource Page.
Guided and Hands-On Programs Join our museum staff and volunteers for guided and hands-on educational programs. Guided programs and workshops must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and may be limited due to availability and group size. All tours are subject to availability.
Flagship Knoxville DC-3 Tour (all ages) Students will tour inside and outside of our DC-3 Flagship Knoxville and perform a maintenance pre-flight check to learn what it takes to fly American Airline’s first people mover. Along the way, participants will learn the parts of an airplane, plane controls and the many personnel that work on making an airline run. Cost- Included with Museum admission
Behind the Scenes at American Airlines Training Center (7-12) Bring your students to go behind the scenes at American Airlines. Learn what it takes to run the largest airline in the world and the faces behind the company. Tour sites may include areas in the American Airlines Flight Academy. All students must be over the age of 12. Group size is limited to 20 participants. Behind the scene tours are subject to availability and will last approximately 60 minutes. Following tours, students will tour through Museum exhibitions. Tours are subject to availability.
Key Themes: Science & Technology, Careers in Aviation Cost- $5/ person Flight Science Workshops (K-8) Enhance your field trip experience by allowing students to get even more hands-on in our Flight Science Workshops. Museum staff and volunteers will dive deeper into the science, engineering, technology and math of flight. Students will be challenged to put their new knowledge to the test and participate in one of our age-appropriate engineering builds. Limit of 30 students per workshop. 45-60 minute program. Larger groups may schedule multiple workshops during their visit. Cost- $5/ participant
2016-2017 Available Workshops
Wind Tunnel Testing (grades K-5)** 45 minute program. Students will discover the principles of air, air pressure and the forces that affect flight through an engaging live demonstration, hands-on experiments and an engineering challenge. Also, learn how aerospace engineers use wind tunnels to design and test flight. Students will then be put to the test to design their own hovercraft in our Museum wind tunnels.
Build a Communication Network (grades 2-6) 45 minute program. Introduce your students to sound, signals and sensors! Students will not only learn the science behind sound waves and how it is used to assist pilots communicate, but also the aviation alphabet and language. Students will plan and build a network to send communication signals in multiple directions to multiple people.
Power a Plane Using Stored Energy (grades 5-8) 45-60 minute program. Students will learn the different parts of an airplane and design their own glider. After a short lesson on potential and kinetic energy, students will then be challenged to power their plane using stored energy. Students will also learn about the role of aviation engineers through interactive videos.
Engineer a Long Spanning Wing (grades 4-8) Students will discover the materials, frame and design needed to engineer a long aircraft wing. While airplanes need to be strong, they also need to be lightweight. Put your students to the test to try and build a durable, yet lightweight wing through this hands-on program.
**Most programs can be done as an Outreach Program at your school! Contact Lauren.Giffin@aa.com for more information.