The American Airlines CR Smith Museum is excited to welcome campers for its 2022 Aviation STEM Summer Camp. This year, there are five week-long camp sessions — two for kids grades 3-6 and three for kids grades 7-10.

General camp information

About the curriculum

Camp sessions are tailored for each age group. Your camper will get hands-on experience with STEM in the aviation industry, no matter their grade level. Curriculum is built with two things at its core:

Experiential learning

That means hands-on science and engineering workshops and dedicated flight simulator instruction by trained camp staff and American’s flight instructors. Students will also compete in a week-long STEM challenge to build critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills.

Career exploration

Students will take field trips, complete presentations and connect with American Airlines professionals to learn about the airline’s operation and various career paths. Pilots, flight attendants, IT specialists, engineers, mechanics, meteorologists, graphic designers are just some professions within the industry!

Camp & registration details

Session dates

Grades 3-6: June 6-10 | July 11-15


Grades 7-10 : June 13-17  | June 20-24 | July 18-22



Camp sessions: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Early drop-off/ late pick-up: 8-9 a.m. and/or 4-5 p.m., additional $50 per week

Registration dates

Premium, Business, First and Admiral Members: Tuesday, March 1

General registration: Tuesday, March 8



*Member discounts apply to Premium, Business, First and Admiral members

Waitlist information

If sessions for your child’s grade level are full, add your child to the waitlist. We will contact people on the waitlist in the order submitted if there are openings.

What camp offers – through the eyes of a camper!

Jenna Woody, a 6-year repeat camper, shares an inspiring story about her passion for STEM and experience at camp. Her story will surely inspire the up and coming STEM and/or aviation geek in your family!

Read Jenna’s story

Frequently asked questions

Yes! If you select to add extended hours to your child’s registration, you may drop your child off between 8-9 a.m. and/or pick them up between 4-5 p.m.

Unfortunately, no. We want our campers to have the best experience possible. Our camps are designed to meet the needs of our campers not only academically, but also their socio-emotional needs by allowing them to form meaningful bonds with their peers. If your child’s age group is full, make sure to join the waitlist! A spot may open up.

In the case that a spot opens up in a session for your child’s grade level, the Museum team will call and email you to reserve the spot. You must respond within 24 hours of our outreach. If not, we will move to the next person on the list. We appreciate you understanding.

Economy members get access to general registration. To upgrade your existing membership, please email

Although each day is different, your camper can expect:

  • Hands-on science activities
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to parts of American’s operation
  • Airline expert interactions
  • Access to our flight simulators
  • Fun games

Students can also expect built-in free time to explore the Museum and work on their week-long challenge. The week will literally “fly by.”

There is a maximum of 18 students per camp session. This allows camp staff to give individual campers the attention they deserve to have a successful experience.

Yes, please pack your child’s lunch, snacks and a refillable water bottle.

Campers will receive a camp T-shirt on the first day of camp. We ask that campers wear the provided T-shirt every day as we will embark on daily field trips and it will help our camp staff easily identify each student. We recommend bringing a sweater as it can be cool in the classroom. Closed toed shoes are required.

Our camp staff go through comprehensive training to lead a safe and worthwhile camp experience for your child.  Additionally, the Museum and Marie Eve Poirier-Harris, director of Museum education, were awarded the 2021 Million Women Mentors – Texas Stand Up for STEM Educational Organization and Educator awards.

The health and safety of your child is our priority. Masks may be required during camp and enhanced cleaning measures will continue at the Museum’s facilities. The Museum cannot prevent campers or their parents from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending the Aviation STEM Summer Camp and utilizing the CR Smith Museum’s services or premises. Therefore, if your child attends Aviation STEM Summer Camp at the Museum and/or enters onto the Museum’s premises your child may be exposed to and/or be at increased risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. A definitive policy will be shared with registered campers before the session’s start date. Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in a dismissal from camp activities without compensation.

No refunds and a cancellation fee of $100 applies to cancellations requested 21 days or less prior to the registered camp session.

The content presented in camp will be the same for all sessions in each grade level. If your camper is passionate and wants to attend more than one session, you are able to sign them up for multiple sessions.