national stem academy impact


Bring Live Virtual STEM and Social Studies Programs into your Classroom!

Live Virtual field trips are easy to do and can be set up by us, using our video conferencing software, or by you.  If your school or organization already has programs set up to do live conferencing, it’s as easy as inviting us to join your meeting or session!

Educator and Student Workshops


Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

Check out some awesome education videos, lessons, story times, and more!

Programs and Field Trips

Museum of Aviation Education Center:

  • National STEM Academy
  • STARBASE Robins
  • For special needs programs, please contact us for alternative options.

About the National STEM Academy

The National STEM Academy is a registered trademark program of the Museum of Aviation Foundation.  The National STEM Academy offers field trip and individual programs that integrate innovative, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines, including the ‘Arts‘ such as history, literature, and more through the Heritage, ACE (Ask. Challenge. Educate.), TinkerTech, Mission Quest, and the Georgia NASA Regional Educator Resource Center programs. These programs are offered for learners ages 4 through adult. Rigorous, goal-setting experiences challenge participants to solve problems and are aligned to state and national education standards. Career opportunities and workforce development strategies are highlighted throughout.

Field trips, workshops, and special events are conducted both at the Museum of Aviation, “On the Go” through outreach at school sites, and via live virtual field trips. 36,224 students and teachers were served by National STEM Academy programs during FY 2019.  STARBASE ROBINS served 16,988, for a total of 53,212 students and teachers served by the Museum of Aviation Foundation Education Center.

The Museum of Aviation Foundation, including the National STEM Academy, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Proceeds from all National STEM Academy programs, as well as, National STEM Academy monetary donations, go directly back to support the National STEM Academy.  If you would like more information or to donate or support a program, please contact Valerie Myers at for education donation information.

The Museum of Aviation does not offer lunch or lunch arrangements. For a list of preferred caterers, click here.

National STEM Academy Documents, Policies, Procedures, and Helpful Information

The following link is for the National STEM Academy Handbook of Policies and Procedures.  You are welcome to download and/or print a copy for your records.

All participants for all National STEM Academy programs must acknowledge receipt of the Handbook.

If you are paying online through the registration system or in person via electronic check or credit card, you will sign the form electronically confirming receipt and agreeance to these policies.

If paying by cash, paper check, or money order, the below must be signed by Program Coordinator or Parent/Guardian at the time of registration or reservation for any program.  You may download the form, sign it electronically and email it back to your coordinator.

For questions or issues accessing this document, please call or email 478-926-1985,

National STEM Academy

Programs & Field Trips

  • Wonder Wings & ACE Field Trips and Outreach Programs
  • TinkerTech Field Trips, Outreach, and Virtual Programs
  • Mission Quest Flight Simulation Center Field Trips
  • ACE, TinkerTech, & Mission Quest Homeschool Programs
  • NASA Regional Educator Resource Center Resources, Workshops, & more
  • History Field Trips, Outreach Programs, & Guided Tours
  • Scout Programs
  • Birthday Parties
  • STEM & History Special Events
  • For special needs groups, please contact us for alternative options.

Education office hours vary per program schedules.  Hours are typically Monday – Friday  8:30am – 4:30pm. Instructor office hours vary by program schedules.  Please allow 2-3 business days for a response. Thank you.

Read more about programs & field trips below.

field trip at the Museum of Aviation

Pre K – 5th Grade Field Trips, Homeschool, and History Programs

ACE (Ask. Challenge. Educate.), History Programs, TinkerTech, & Homeschool STEM Workshop Series

The Wonder Wings program for Pre K aims to encourage STEM learning at an early age with fun hands-on activities. The Wonder Wings program is specifically designed to correlate with the Bright from the Start Curriculum and the Georgia Kindergarten Standards of Excellence.

The ACE STEM Field Trip Program is designed to spark K – 5th grade students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through engaging, hands-on activities specifically correlated to the GA Standards of Excellence.

History and Guided Tour Programs and Field Trips are offered for learners ages 5-Adult. Features on-site programs at the Museum of Aviation and Outreach programs at your school site. 2 WWII programs are offered as well that specifically correlate to the 5th-grade curriculum for the Georgia Standards of Excellence.

The National STEM Academy TinkerTech program at the Museum of Aviation focuses on exploration, innovation, and discovery through hands-on STEM activities for students in grades 4 through 8. The program takes place at the Museum of Aviation in the new TnT Lab or “On the Go” outreach at the school.

mission quest flight simulation

6th – 12th Grade Field Trips, Homeschool, and History Programs

Mission Quest Flight Simulation Center, Guided History Tours, TinkerTech, & Homeschool STEM Workshop series

During the 3-hour Mission Quest Flight Simulation program, students learn aerospace, map reading, and teamwork initiatives while flying the F-15E, B-1 or C-17 flight simulators.

Students learn about the jobs of the Radar Arrival and Departure Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Data Specialists while controlling simulated aircraft during the Air Traffic Control program.

The TinkerTech program focuses on exploration, innovation, and discovery through hands-on STEM activities for students in grades 4 through 8. The program takes place at the Museum of Aviation in the new TnT Lab or “On the Go” outreach at the school.

The Homeschool Workshop Series features hands-on STEM activities for learners in grades 6th – 12th.  Each month features a different theme.

History and Guided Tour Programs are offered for learners ages 4-Adult. Features on site programs at the Museum of Aviation and Outreach programs at your school site.


Adult Programs & Field Trips

Guided Tours, Adult Team Building

Guided tours feature narrated tours of Museum of Aviation exhibits and aircraft and exhibit teacher guides on our website. Also, a specialized guided tour featuring WWII and the Tuskegee Airmen.

During the Mission Quest Team Building program participants work together in a 6-hour program to plan and fly a mission in the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Center, learning valuable team building resources and leadership skills.


Adults, Educators, & Interns

Georgia NASA Regional Educator Resource Center

K – 12 and University Educators: Programs are offered to educators and future educators. These programs provide free NASA materials, monthly STEM workshops, NASA online training opportunities, STEM conferences and intern opportunities to future educators.

summer camp

STEM & History Special Events, and more

All Ages

Workshops and thematic camp programs scheduled throughout the year- Saturdays, student holidays and summer. Features programs such as Young Astronauts’ Day, STEM Labs, and summer camps.

Bi-annual Night at the Museum, Veteran’s Day Outreach, Birthday Parties and more.

mission quest

Scout Programs & Field Trips

All Ages

The Museum of Aviation proudly offers Scout Programs for boy and girl scouts.


Museum of Aviation Birthdays

They’re just “plane” fun!!

Perfect venue for a child that loves airplanes!
Birthday Parties for children ages 4 – 10


Starbase Robins

5th – 8th Grade

Part of the premiere Department of Defense STARBASE STEM Program. The program engages students through its inquiry-based curriculum with its “hands-on, mind-on” experiential activities. During each student’s 25 hours of instruction, they are introduced to many STEM concepts and skills as well as 3D modeling and 3D printing. STARBASE ROBINS programs include its signature fifth grade program as well as its STARBASE 2.0 Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program, summer academies and robotics tournaments.

STARBASE Robins is located at the Museum of Aviation and is a part the Museum of Aviation Foundation’s Education Center.

For more information on Field Trips and Group Programs, you may also contact the National STEM Academy Directly: