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Live Virtual Field Trips

The National STEM Academy is now offering Live Virtual Field Trips for groups, schools, and organizations Worldwide!

With many curriculum options to choose from, the National STEM Academy’s Live Virtual Field Trips offer Pre K – Adult groups, schools, and organizations guided tours and hands-on STEM-focused programs that highlight Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in an innovative and interactive setting.

The Mission Quest Flight Simulation, Astronomy, and Team Building Programs are offered to families, schools, and groups of at least 6 participants!

Nose Art Contest

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Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the front fuselage of an aircraft.  While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality of the aircrafts’ crewmembers.

The National STEM Academy’s Mission Quest Flight Simulation program is holding a Nose Art Contest!

6th – 10th Grade students are encouraged to design and submit their custom art to be featured on the nose of our fighter jet, bomber, and cargo simulators.

2-5 Judges comprised of Museum of Aviation Staff and Volunteers, and community members will be judging all entries anonymously.  Please do not put student name or identifying information on art.

9 Winning submissions will be chosen, and winners will have their Nose Art displayed on our 9 Mission Quest Flight Simulators for at least 1 year and be featured on our Mission Quest webpage.  Winners will also be invited for a special Mission Quest Saturday Program, date to be determined.

Contest Opens: January 17, 2022

Submissions Due: February 28, 2022 – Extended to March 7th!

Submit all submissions via email to education@museumofaviation.org

Winners will be announced via Facebook and In-House on March 19, 2022, during the Museum of Aviation’s Family Aviation Day.

  • Rules:
    • Open to all 6th – 10th Grade students Nationwide!
    • Submissions can be sketched, painted, or digitally designed, but must be the artist’s original work. No copyrighted images will be selected.
    • All submissions must be minor-friendly, no violence, drugs, alcohol, nudity, etc. will be accepted.
    • Submissions must be in a JPG or PNG format and must be clear and able to be printed at least 18” x 18” without pixelation. For technical help with sizing, scanning, etc. please email education@museumofaviation.org.
    • Include Student Name, Grade Level, Parent/Guardian Name, Phone Number, and email address in the body of the email with each submission.

Mission Quest Flight Simulation (6th – 12th Grades)

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.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Saturday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Minimum of 5 – Maximum of 10 participants

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

Careers in Aviation – Mission Quest Add-On

This optional 1-hour program featuring aviation careers and workforce development can be added to any regular Mission Quest field trip program.

Cost:

$5 per participant

 

Additional Available Items, If you wish to purchase, please bring cash and/or credit card when you visit.

Mission Quest Air Crew T-Shirt: $5 Each

Mission Quest Patch: $5 Each

 

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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 5 – Maximum of 30 participants

Cost:

$5 per participant

Curriculum Options:
  • Astronomy
  • Solar System

 

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**NEW** Mission Quest Living in Space (6th – 12th Grades)

The Mission Quest Living in Space program is a Life Sciences program designed for 6th – 8th grade students and introduces students to living and working in space with a NASA hands-on activity.

NASA Education Resources.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Friday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Approximately 25 participants per session/rotation, minimum of 20 participants

Cost:

$5 per participant

 

GA Standards Met with the Program:

  S7L4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.

  1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for how resource availability, disease, climate, and human activity affect individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems.

MGSE7.EE.4 Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.

L6-8RHSS2: 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.

**NEW** Mission Quest STEM in Sports (6th – 12th Grades)

The Mission Quest STEM in Sports program is perfect for Science or P.E. classes.  Students will explore the hidden science found in their favorite sports and learn how science improves safety and equipment, improves the performance of athletes and more.  Teachers can choose from the following sport options: Volleyball, Basketball, Football, or Soccer.

Program will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes per session/rotation.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Friday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Approximately 25 participants per session/rotation, minimum of 20 participants

Cost:

$5 per participant

Mission Quest Astronomy "On the Go" (Planetarium Outreach) (6th – 12th Grades)

The Mission Quest Astronomy “On the Go” outreach program brings the STARLAB planetarium to your school or location during and afterschool.  It is offered to schools within 50 miles of the Museum of Aviation.  Program will last approximately 30-45 minutes per session/rotation.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Friday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Approximately 10 participants per session/rotation, minimum of 20 participants

Cost:

$5 per participant

****Please Note: The School/Organization must provide 1 – 2 assistants to help set up & take down the STARLAB.  A large room is needed for set-up with at least 25′ x 25′ of floor space and a 15′ tall ceiling, a lunchroom or gym is the best setting.

 

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**NEW** Mission Quest Living in Space "On the Go" (Outreach) (6th – 12th Grades)

The Mission Quest Living in Space “On the Go” outreach program takes place at your school or location.  This Life Sciences program is designed for 6th – 8th grade students and introduces students to living and working in space with a NASA hands-on activity.

It is offered to schools within 50 miles of the Museum of Aviation.  Program will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes per session/rotation.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Friday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Approximately 25 participants per session/rotation, minimum of 20 participants

Cost:

$5 per participant

**NEW** Mission Quest STEM in Sports "On the Go" (Outreach) (6th – 12th Grades)

The Mission Quest STEM in Sports “On the Go” outreach program takes place at your school or location.  This program is perfect for Science or P.E. classes.  Students will explore the hidden science found in their favorite sports and learn how science improves safety and equipment, improves the performance of athletes and more.

It is offered to schools within 50 miles of the Museum of Aviation.  Program will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes per session/rotation.

Schedule:

Tuesday – Friday and must be scheduled in advance.

Class size:

Approximately 25 participants per session/rotation, minimum of 20 participants

Cost:

$5 per participant

Aviation Team Building (Adult Groups)

The Aviation Team Building program builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration.  This is a customizable 3 or 6 hour program designed to fit your needs.  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 5 – Maximum of 10 participants

Cost:

$50 per participant for 3 hour program

$75 per participant for 6 hour program

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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

Scout Programs

The Mission Quest Program also offers the Aviation Merit Badge for Scout Troops.

Contact

Kim Ruberti | 478-222-7591 | MissionQuest@museumofaviation.org