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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STEM Session - How Things Fly


Program description

Thrust, lift, weight, and drag are used each time an aircraft takes to the air. Students will explore these principles individually and in combination with one another using interactive models, engaging in hands-on activities, and scientific formulas so that they gain a valuable understanding of what makes flight possible.

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


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Program Detail

Program type: Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Storytelling
Subject: Engineering, Math, Science, Social Studies / History
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

 Year round program

Available times:

 Monday-Friday 10-4pm


 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:

 4-SL-2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

4-5-W-8 – Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

6-8-RH-2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


NC Essential Standards:

 4th Grade
Recognize that energy takes various forms that may be grouped based on their interaction with matter.
• 4.P.3.1
Recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat, electrical, and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create change.
Analyze the chronology of key historical events in North Carolina history.
• 4.H.1.3
Explain how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities in various regions of North Carolina.
Understand how notable structures, symbols and place names are significant to North Carolina.
• 4.H.2.1
Explain why important buildings, statues, monuments and place names are associated with the state’s history.
5th Grade
Understand force, motion and the relationship between them.
• 5.P.1.1
Explain how factors such as gravity, friction, and change in mass affect the motion of objects.
• 5.P.1.2
Infer the motion of objects in terms of how far they travel in a certain amount of time and the direction in which they travel.
• 5.P.1.4
Predict the effect of a given force or a change in mass on the motion of an object.
Understand motion, the effects of forces on motion and the graphical representations of motion.
• 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.1.2
Explain the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces acting on an object (including friction, gravity and magnets).
Understand forms of energy, energy transfer and transformation and conservation in mechanical systems.
• 7.P.2.1
Explain how kinetic and potential energy contribute to the mechanical energy of an object.
• 7.P.2.3
Recognize that energy can be transferred from one system to another when two objects push or pull on each other over a distance (work) and electrical circuits require a complete loop through which an electrical current can pass.
• 7.P.2.4
Explain how simple machines such as inclined planes, pulleys, levers and wheel and axles are used to create mechanical advantage and increase efficiency


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

Programs can be rescheduled with 48 hours notice