In this hands-on, classroom based program, students delve deep into how to control things that fly. Starting with building model gliders, students learn about the major components and controls on gliders, and how they help a glider fly. Once their models are complete, they test and modify their gliders to see how the controls work in action.

Students then review parachutes and explore ways we can design parachutes to create the most amount of air resistance. Students experiment with parachute design by building parachutes. After testing parachutes as a group we will discuss changes they think would improve their designs.

Finally, students look at how propellers work to create lift and build a wind up propeller flyer.


  • Grade level: 5 or 6
  • Curriculum connections: air and aerodynamics, principles of flight, forces in air, controlled experiments
  • Price: $7.00 / student 
  • Program duration: 120 minutes
  • Format: hands-on workshop
  • Maximum capacity: 35 students; Students will be broken up into groups of 4-6
  • Adult supervision requirement: 1 adult per 10 students; minimum 2 adults

Hands on/engaging, lots of displays/visuals for students to see (hard to replicate in classroom), it was fun and neat!
Gets students excited about flight and aerodynamics.

Grade 6 teacher


  • 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

The fit to the curriculum is the best I have experienced!

Grade 6 teacher

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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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