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Mission Quest offers 6th grades through adults in-house, virtual, and ‘On the Go’ outreach field trip and adult team building programs to schools, organizations, and groups. It features the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Lab, Astronomy, Living in Space, and other special missions.  The Flight Simulation program is also opened to families and groups of 6 or more and is best for 6th grades through adults.

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Mission Quest Flight Simulation- School Sponsored

The 3-hour Mission Quest program involves planning and flying a mission.  Mission success depends on working together as a team for mutual support.  Students will fly the B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators.  The state-of-the art software and hardware create an exciting and accurate experience.  This is a state-of-the-art facility for simulated flight and non-combat aviation application. All participants must be 6th grade and above.  This program is education orientated and for schools/colleges to include (J)ROTC and Interns.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 14 participants

****Special arrangements may be available on a case by case basis for larger groups****

Cost:

$20 per participant

Basic instruction includes:
  • Aerodynamics
  • Communications
  • Flight Planning and Chart Use
  • Teamwork
  • Risk Assessment
  • Science and Technology
  • Basic Flight Physics
  • Situational Awareness
  • Decision-making
  • Aerospace Math

 

 

 

Additional Items for Sale: Mission Quest Air Crew T-Shirt ($10 each) or Mission Quest Patch ($5 each) 

Mission Quest Flight Simulation Program for Scouts & CAP

This program is tailored for Scouts and Civil Air Patrol and involves planning and flying a mission in the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Lab.  Mission success depends on working together as a team for mutual support.  Participants will fly the B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators.  The state-of-the art software and hardware create an exciting and accurate experience.

The Museum of Aviation offers a Mission Quest program for the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge. Originally designed by a Mission Quest Instructor and Boy Scout Counselor, the program follows the guidelines of the Scout Handbook, providing updated tools and resources to assist Scout Leaders and Counselors. The curriculum features aeronautical principles, navigation, instrumentation, and flight preparation, culminating in the Scout Squadron’s simulated flight.  Girl Scouts are also invited to schedule this Aviation Flight Simulation program.

-Due to time constraints, the glider portion of the Aviation badge is not covered during this program.  Scout leaders are asked to complete this on their own at an alternate time.  A template is attached for your convenience: MQ Glider Instructions

Schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 14 participants (Participants must be 6th grade or up)

****Special arrangements may be available on a case by case basis for larger groups****

Cost:

This package is $25 per Scout.

Mission Quest Registration for Scouts & CAP

 

 

Additional Items for Sale: Mission Quest Air C rew T-Shirt ($10 each) or Mission Quest Patch ($5 each) 

**NEW** Mission Quest Flight Simulation (Families, Groups, Birthdays)

Can your family or group of friends complete the mission?

The 2-hour Mission Quest program for families, informal groups, and birthdays involves planning and flying a mission in the Mission Quest Flight Simulation Lab.  Mission success depends on working together as a team for mutual support.  Participants will fly the B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators.  The state-of-the art software and hardware create an exciting and accurate experience.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 14 participants (Participants must be 6th grade or up)

Cost:

This package is $30 per person.

Mission Quest Registration for Families, Groups & Birthdays

 

 

 

Additional Items for Sale: Mission Quest Air Crew T-Shirt ($10 each) or Mission Quest Patch ($5 each) 

 

Mission Quest Astronomy (Planetarium) (6th – 12th Grades)

Students will go inside a STARLAB planetarium to experience a visual exploration of astronomy and our solar system.

The program can be scheduled during and after school.  Each rotation in the planetarium lasts approx. 20 -30 minutes and can accommodate up to 10 students per rotation, depending on size.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Minimum of 10 – Maximum of 20 – 30 participants depending on size and age.

Cost:

$5 per participant

Curriculum Options:
  • Astronomy
  • Solar System

 

Aviation Team Building (Adult Groups)

The 3 hour Aviation Team Building program builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration.  It provides your staff an opportunity to plan and fly a mission in the Mission Quest Flight Simulation lab.  Your mission success depends on working together for mutual support.  Your team will have learned valuable team building cohesiveness and leadership skills.

The program offers participants the opportunity to engage in historical combat scenarios.  “Crew members” will fly state-of-the-art B-1, C-17, or F-15 flight simulators while working to complete specific team-oriented goals.  Live ATC will monitor your mission, but you will have to plan it with your squadron.  No flight experience necessary.

The program includes:
  • Situational Awareness
  • Science and Technology
  • Teamwork
  • Basic Flight Physics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Decision-making
  • Flight Planning
  • Communications

Schedule:  Varies to fit your needs      Class Size:  Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 14 participants      Cost: $30 per participant for 3 hour program

 

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'On the Go' STARLAB Planetarium

The Mission Quest Astronomy ‘On the Go’ Outreach program brings the STARLAB planetarium to your school or location during and afterschool.

-Offered to schools within 50 miles of the Museum of Aviation.
-Program will last approximately 30-45 minutes per session/rotation.
-Approximately 15 – 20 participants per session/rotation
-Minimum of 20 participants

Cost is $5 Per Participant

The National STEM Academy would like to send a big THANK YOU to our Mission Quest and Adopt a Sim Campaign supporters!

Testimonials

See what teachers and scout leaders are saying about our programs!

“This program far exceeded our expectations!!! It was AMAZING!!!! The staff was fantastic. We had a big group so we divided it up into a morning and an afternoon. And the group that wasn’t doing the aviation merit badge toured the different museum hangers. It was fascinating and the gentleman who did the morning tour for the World War II hangar was absolutely incredible. Kim and his staff for the aviation merit badge were fun and engaging. And the kids had a blast. The virtual aviation flying portion was super fun. But the classroom portion was also fun and engaging while they got to learn. We have already totally recommended trips to this on the way to summer camp.” – Scout Leader

“I brought 18 scouts ranging from 6th-9th grade down to work on the Aviation Merit Badge. After the first group i got feedback from the scouts at lunch. They loved the program and thought it was a lot of fun overall.  Papa Bear was a great presenter. He changed his teaching style about every 13 minutes. Which was great. He asked questions, used visuals and told stories. The kids loved the info that was presented in the presentation. It was relevant and went along with other things they had learned in school.” – Scout Leader

“Mission Quest is math and science packaged in a fun interactive program. Our cadets look forward to attending every year.” – Instructor