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 - Wicked Weather

Program description

Grab your raincoat and step into the exciting world of weather. In North Carolina, our weather is always changing. Observing changes generates opportunities for inquiry, investigations, and discovery. Students will collect data, record, record weather changes over time, create visualizations, and interpret their data.

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 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten
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

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 


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:


K.E.1.1- Infer that change is something that happens to many things in the environment based on observations made using one or more of their senses.
K.E.1.2- Summarize daily weather conditions noting changes that occur from day to day and throughout the year.
K.E.1.3- Compare weather patterns that occur from season to season.

First Grade:

EX.1.L.2.4 – Use one or more of the senses to make observations about the environment (e.g. weather conditions).

Second Grade:

2.E.1.1- Summarize how energy from the sun serves as a source of light that warms the land, air and water.
2.E.1.2- Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe: • Temperature • Wind direction • Wind speed • Precipitation
2.E.1.3-Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns to time of day and time of year.
2.E.1.4-Recognize the tools that scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons

Third Grade:

3.E.1.1- Recognize that the earth is part of a system called the solar system that includes the sun (a star), planets, and many moons and the earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system.
EX.3.E.1.2 – Compare the changes which occur during each season (e.g. temperature changes, leaves falling, snow, wind blowing, flowers blooming).

Fourth Grade:

EX.4.E.1.1 -Use a thermometer to record temperature changes, during the day, from day to day, and season to season.

EX.4.E.1.2 – Measure precipitation and note amounts (none, some, much) from day to day

EX.4.E.1.3 – Understand that moving air is wind and it affects the weather and our environment

Seventh Grade:

7.E.1.1- Compare the composition, properties and structure of Earth’s atmosphere to include: mixtures of gases and differences in temperature and pressure within layers.
7.E.1.2- Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on Earth.
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.
7.E.1.5- Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions. 

Eighth Grade:

8.E.1.3- Predict the safety and potability of water supplies in North Carolina based on physical and biological factors, including: • Temperature • Dissolved oxygen • pH • Nitrates and phosphates • Turbidity • Bio-indicators



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.