Carolinas Aviation Museum

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Founded in 1992, the Carolinas Aviation Museum is located on the grounds of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. By telling the story of the people who shaped our aviation heritage, the Carolinas Aviation Museum inspires future generations to write aviation’s next chapter. The museum is home

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Self-Guide with Air Pressure


Program description

Does air weigh anything? Discover the answer and develop more burning questions on the power of air with hands on experiments dealing with vacuums, Bernoulli’s principle, and the shape of an airplane wing.

Add an interactive demonstration led by one of our educators to your experience! Air Pressure is one of five stations you can add on to your self-guided visit to the Carolinas Aviation Museum.

Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline
Subject: Engineering, Math, Science
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Year Round

Available times:

 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Space / technical requirements:

 Maximum 30 students per self-guide station.


 Carolinas Aviation Museum

Fees / Ticketing:

 $9.50 per person for a self-guided visit; add up to two additional stations for $1 each per student.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).

Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.

First Grade:
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

Second Grade:
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

Third Grade:
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Fourth Grade:
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

Fifth Grade:
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

6th-8th Grade:
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.
Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study

9th-10th Grade:
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.

11th-12th Grade:
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

NC Essential Standards:

Second Grade:

2.P.1.1 – Illustrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and
columns of air.

2.P.2.1 – Give examples of matter that change from a solid to a liquid
and from a liquid to a solid by heating and cooling.

Third Grade:

3.P.2.1 – Recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us, takes up
space and has mass.

3.P.2.2 – Compare solids, liquids, and gases based on their basic

3.P.2.3 – Summarize changes that occur to the observable properties of
materials when different degrees of heat are applied to them,
such as melting ice or ice cream, boiling water or an egg, or
freezing water.

Fourth Grade:

4.P.2.1 – Compare the physical properties of samples of matter
(strength, hardness, flexibility, ability to conduct heat, ability
to conduct electricity, ability to be attracted by magnets,
reactions to water and fire).

Sixth Grade:

6.P.3.1 – Illustrate the transfer of heat energy from warmer objects to
cooler ones using examples of conduction, radiation and
convection and the effects that may result.

6.P.3.3 – Explain the suitability of materials for use in technological
design based on a response to heat (to include conduction,
expansion, and contraction) and electrical energy (conductors
and insulators).

Seventh Grade:

7.E.1.3 – Explain the relationship between the movement of air masses,
high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to
storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes)
and other weather conditions that may result.

Eighth Grade:

8.P.1.1 – Classify matter as elements, compounds, or mixtures based on
how the atoms are packed together in arrangements.

8.P.1.2 – Explain how the physical properties of elements and their
reactivity have been used to produce the current model of the
Periodic Table of elements.

8.P.1.3 – Compare physical changes such as size, shape and state to
chemical changes that are the result of a chemical reaction to
include changes in temperature, color, formation of a gas or

9th-12th Grade: 

PSc.2.1.2 – Compare the concepts of potential and kinetic energy and
conservation of total mechanical energy in the description of
the motion of objects.

PSc.2.1.3 – Explain the relationship among work, power and energy.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


 Available upon request

Cancellation Policy

 Program can be rescheduled with 48 hours notice