In this 120 minute hands-on, classroom based program, students will build a testable glider. This glider was previously part of our Prepare for Takeoff program from the previous Alberta curriculum, but is being used in a new exciting way to utilize the scientific method to discover pitch, roll, and yaw. Horizontal movement, level or flight, and straight and level flight are some of the principles of flight that will be studied during this program. 

NEW! This program is new for the 2024/25 school year to reflect the new science curriculum for grade 5 and is abased around the organizing ideas: Energy and Scientific Methods. 

For those of you who have attended programming at The Hangar before, this program will be most familiar to you, but we are ensuring that it reflects the new curriculum and will have a large component of testing and measurement based on changing variables to engage in scientific investigations. 


Glider Test Pilot is a program that we could deliver in your classroom. If this would be beneficial to you, please contact education@thehangarmuseum.ca for more information and for a transportation fee quote based on the distance of your school from our museum. 


  • Grade level: 5
  • Curriculum connections: energy - students will gain understanding of the 4 forces of flight, their opposing forces, and their impact on flight through horizontal movement; scientific methods - students will practice using manipulated, responding, and controlled variables within a controlled experiment. 
  • Price per class of up to 30 for field trips in September-December: $230
  • Price per class of up to 30 for field trips in January-June: $250
  • Additional price per student past 30: advance payment required during the month of the scheduled trip; $8/student
  • Program duration: 120 minutes
  • Format: hands-on workshop
  • Adult supervision requirement: 1 adult per 10 students; minimum 2 adults


  • Programs are available Monday - Friday during school hours
  • Programs must be booked in advance with a minimum of 2 weeks' notice
  • Listed program duration does not include snack/washroom breaks. Please mention at the time of booking if you would like to have a break during your program
  • This program takes place in our classroom and does not include time to tour the museum
  • Multiple class bookings may be available, please inquire for more information
  • In order to stay for the full day two school programs must be booked
  • Cancellations or changes to a booking are permitted up to three weeks prior to your program without penalty. Cancellations or major changes with less than three weeks’ notice will result in additional fees
  • Programs must be paid for in full before or on the day of the program, a 10% late fee may apply otherwise

Please note:

To book a school program the group of students and accompanying chaperons must be participating in an organized field trip through an institution accredited by Alberta Education or an equivalent from another jurisdiction. Click here for information on programs available to other youth groups.

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