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 to over 20 aircrafts, including the US Airways Flight 1549 Airbus known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

The Carolinas Aviation Museum strives to be a “must see” destination for aviation enthusiasts and an inspiration for young minds interested in the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Carolinas Aviation Museum is steeped in the commitment to education and career opportunities for the young people of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and the surrounding areas. We believe that the Charlotte metropolitan area affords outstanding opportunity for great careers serving the aviation industry and we hope to build partnerships with all who share that same vision and belief.


  4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208



STEM Session - Adventures in Aerodynamics

Program description

What makes airplanes fast?  The students will invent shapes and forms that reduce drag and test their designs with data recording devices and interactive models.  Using graphs, charts and data analysis tools, the student will gain a solid understand of the data, and interpret that data to improve the design.

STEM Sessions are 30-45 minute classroom experiences you can add to your visit.

Booking / scheduling contact

Laura Kozelka

   (704) 997-3770 ext. 3041

Program detail
Artistic discipline:
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9
Subject: Engineering, Math, Science
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Year Round

Available times:

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

Space / technical requirements:

 Maximum classroom capacity is 25.


 Carolinas Aviation Museum OR this program is available to be brought to your school.

Fees / Ticketing:

 Add ONE session to your Self-Guided Tour for $10 per person
Add TWO sessions to your Self-Guided Tour for $12 per person

Outreach Pricing:

The first one hour class that a school books will cost $150 and additional classes will cost $125 with max class size of 25 students.

If a school would like an assembly the cost is $250 for the first assembly and then $125 for additional assemblies with a max of 3 assemblies a day.

If a group would like a festival/interactive display booth/table the cost for the first hour is $250 with a max of $500 and the max number of hours is 6

If the school is within a 25 mile radius we will not charge a mileage fee, however if the school is outside the radius they will have to pay .55 cents a mile and that is a round-trip charge (if school is 30 miles out the cost would be (60 miles*.55 = $33).



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:

Fifth Grade: 

EX.5.P.1.1 – Describe factors that would make it easier or harder to push or pull an object (wheels, round, flat, heavy, light).

EX.5.P.1.2 – Compare changes in motion (speeding up, slowing down) under certain conditions (e.g., steeper ramp, more weight, more or less force).

Sixth Grade:

6.RP.1- Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to: • Describe a ratio as a multiplicative relationship between two quantities. • Model a ratio relationship using a variety of representations.
6.RP.3- Use ratio reasoning with equivalent whole-number ratios to solve real-world and mathematical problems by:

• Creating and using a table to compare ratios. • Finding missing values in the tables. • Using a unit ratio. • Converting and manipulating measurements using given ratios. • Plotting the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. 

NC.6.RP.4- Use ratio reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems with percents by: • Understanding and finding a percent of a quantity as a ratio per 100. • Using equivalent ratios, such as benchmark percents (50%, 25%, 10%, 5%, 1%), to determine a part of any given quantity. • Finding the whole, given a part and the percent.
6.NS.6- Understand rational numbers as points on the number line and as ordered pairs on a coordinate plane. a. On a number line: o Recognize opposite signs of numbers as indicating locations on opposite sides of 0 and that the opposite of the opposite of a number is the number itself. o Find and position rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line. b. On a coordinate plane: o Understand signs of numbers in ordered pairs as indicating locations in quadrants. o Recognize that when two ordered pairs differ only by signs, the locations of the points are related by reflections across one or both axes. o Find and position pairs of rational numbers on a coordinate plane.
6.SP.4- Display numerical data in plots on a number line. • Use dot plots, histograms, and box plots to represent data. • Compare the attributes of different representations of the same data.
6.SP.5- Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context. a. Describe the collected data by: o Reporting the number of observations in dot plots and histograms. o Communicating the nature of the attribute under investigation, how it was measured, and the units of measurement. b. Analyze center and variability by: o Giving quantitative measures of center, describing variability, and any overall pattern, and noting any striking deviations. o Justifying the appropriate choice of measures of center using the shape of the data distribution.


Seventh Grade:

7.P.1.1- Explain how the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed with respect to some other object.
7.P.1.3- Illustrate the motion of an object using a graph to show a change in position over a period of time.
7.P.1.4- Interpret distance versus time graphs for constant speed and variable motion.

9th-12th Grade:

Phy.1.1.1- Analyze motion graphically and numerically using vectors, graphs and calculations.
Phy.1.1.2- Analyze motion in one dimension using time, distance, displacement, velocity, and acceleration.
Phy.1.1.3- Analyze motion in two dimensions using angle of trajectory, time, distance, displacement, velocity, and acceleration.
Phy.1.2.1- Analyze forces and systems of forces graphically and numerically using vectors, graphs and calculations.
Phy.1.2.2- Analyze systems of forces in one dimension and two dimensions using free body diagrams. Phy.1.2.3- Explain forces using Newton’s laws of motion as well as the universal law of gravitation. Phy.1.2.4-Explain the effects of forces (including weight, normal, tension and friction) on objects. Phy.1.2.5-Analyze basic forces related to rotation in a circular path (centripetal force).
Phy.1.3.1- Analyze the motion of objects involved in completely elastic and completely inelastic collisions by using the principles of conservation of momentum and conservation of energy.
Phy.1.3.2- Analyze the motion of objects based on the relationship between momentum and impulse. Phy.2.1.1- Interpret data on work and energy presented graphically and numerically.
Phy.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.
Phy.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
Cancellation Policy

 Programs can be rescheduled with 48 hours notice.