Activities for All Ages; Museum Features New STEM-based Robotics Camp
The Frontiers of Flight Museum’s Flight School Summer Camp soars high this summer with a full schedule of fun, educational, and interactive experiences for students from age four through tenth grade at the Museum located at 6911 Lemmon Ave., near Love Field. Young aviation buffs can learn about the wonders of air and space travel and participate in a variety of activities, like robotics, designing a spaceship, working with aerial navigation charts, building model airplanes, and launching model rockets, among a variety of other fun-filled camps. Each activity is age-appropriate with an emphasis on the physics and/or history of flying and exploration. Day camps start at $45 with a wide range including four-day camps for older students at $245. For a complete camp schedule visit: http://www.flightmuseum.com/flight-schoolsummer-school/ or call (214)-350-1651.
The eight Flight School Summer Camps all cover different topics for various age groups. The new Robotics camp is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based program and introduces students to robotics using a unique curriculum designed around the four key components of a robot: central processing unit (CPU), sensors, electronics and circuits, and programming. Advanced Aero has a focus on engineering projects. Aviator’s Workshop, for third through sixth grade students, encompasses the basic principles of flight, and campers fly their own powered model airplanes. Rocket Lab is for students in the seventh and eighth grades, allowing students to construct their own model rockets. Friday Launch is for children in the first and second grade, and uses kites, balloons and butterflies to help students learn the basics of flight. Friday Flights is for children 4 to 6 years old, allowing students to explore space, meet a flyer and take a trip to the airport. The Rocket Science day camp leads students in grades three through six to learn more about Chinese rockets, and how to build a model rocket. Aero Lab is a four-day camp in which seventh and eighth grade students learn basic knowledge of flying weather and aerial charts, and then they fly a flight simulator at a college campus.
The museum, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, is a gem in the North Texas community that attracts over 100,000 visitors annually including 30,000 students. Housed in a modern 100,000-square-foot facility, the Frontiers of Flight Museum provides a focal point to explore the history and progress of aviation, as mankind continues to pursue going higher, faster and farther. The museum’s “Flight School” offers educational and recreational classes for all ages throughout the summer, designed to excite the imagination in science, technology, engineering, and math through spacecraft design, aerodynamics, model-building, space survival, and other disciplines.
FRIDAY FLIGHTS (Ages 4 and 5)
Children explore “Space,” meet a “Famous Flyer,” take a “Trip to the Airport” and end with “Let’s Take a Flight.”
FRIDAY LAUNCH (Ages 6 and 7)
Students learn the basics of flight with “Kites,” “Balloons,” “Butterflies” and “Bees.”
AVIATOR’S WORKSHOP (Grades 3 through 6)
Students discover basic principles of flight with unique paper airplanes and a Flight Controls Trainer, work with aerial navigation charts, learn the International Phonetic Alphabet, visit aviation facilities at Dallas Love Field, and build and fly their own rubber powered model airplane.
All 5th and 6th grade students enrolled in Aviator’s Workshop will be eligible for a flight experience offered through the Young Eagles Program. This event is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and will take place on a Saturday after camp week.
ROCKET SCIENCE (Grades (3 through 6)
From the early Chinese rockets to America’s missions to Mars, students explore the history of space flight, the Solar System, the mathematics of rocketry and spacecraft engineering. They also design a space ship and build and launch a model rocket.
AERO LAB (Grades 7 and 8)
In a fun and challenging four-day experience, students gain a basic knowledge of flying weather, study aerial charts, and complete an aerial navigation exercise. They also conduct experiments on our new wind tunnel and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of D/FW International Airport.
ROCKET LAB (Grades 7 and 8)
Students construct their own model rocket and work in teams to build and launch an advanced multi staged model rocket. They will participate in a space survival exercise. Students also work in teams to plan a Martian space mission. On a field trip to a local university, they launch their rockets and tour the campus’s science labs.
ADVANCED AERO (Grades 9 and 10)
Students focus on engineering projects. They will explore engineering principles while designing and building their own structures and applying their knowledge to aircraft design, load-bearing structures and aircraft accident investigation.
ROBOTICS (Grades 7 and 8)
This STEM based program introduces students to robotics using a unique curriculum designed around the four key components of a robot: central processing unit (CPU), sensors, electronics and circuits, and programming. Each day students focus on one of the four components leading up to the final day where they design, build, and test a robot to manipulate a series of challenges integrated around a simulated Mars landscape. This program is made possible through collaboration with Modular Robotics maker of Cubelets and MOSS.