In this hands-on program students delve deep into how to control things that fly right in your classroom! 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 + Travel Fee (minimum booking fee of $195). Travel fee within Calgary city limits is $70.00. Outside of Calgary city limits may be subjected to an additional travel cost. Please contact for a quote.
  • Program duration: 135 minutes
  • Format: hands-on workshop
  • Maximum capacity: 50 students
  • Adult supervision requirement: 1 adult per 12 students; minimum 2 adults

Fantastic! The hands on building experience really reinforced the key concepts for students.

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
  • Multiple class bookings may be available, please inquire for more information
  • 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

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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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