Schools - Teachers - Field Trips
TEACHERS: We offer Guided Tours, Hands On Activities and a Flight Simulation Lab to bring Aviation “up close and personal” to your students.
Guided Tours of our facility last 1 hour and cost $6 per person.
- Add a Hands-on Activity or the Soar High Center Flight Simulator Lab to enhance the learning experience and extend your visit.
Staying for lunch? Teachers, the Southern Museum of Flight has great facilities for your students to eat their Brown Bag lunch both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. This is a nice option if you decide to add a Flight Simulator Lab to your Guided Tour or if you simply want to spend a bit more time in our museum.
Look through the information below, find your subject or related area of study and choose your tour.
Bring your class to The Southern Museum of Flight for exciting, interactive Guided Tours that are correlated to ACOS Standards for your students.
Our tours are tailored to class age, and we can keep students from K through 12 engaged with the right level of knowledge and participation. Your students will tour each wing of our Museum: A “Preflight Briefing” will be conducted on the rules and regs, and route of flight for the tour. “Takeoff” with us in our Early Aviation Hangar and “Land” with today’s current aviation technologies. “Enroute navigation”: Along the way they will see early aviation aircraft, experimental and homebuilt aircraft, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam era aviation dioramas and our showcase exhibit of the Tuskegee Airmen. “Debrief” will close the tour in the Ready Room or one of our debriefing classrooms. Our Educators/Experts will engage your
students, encourage participation and inform them of the many ties to aviation that exist right here in Alabama and the South!
SOCIAL STUDIES (see our website for ACOS Correlated Standards)
Just Plane History Tour Grades K-12
Pioneers of Flight Overcoming Obstacles: Tuskegee Airmen, Wright Brothers and more. Learn how courageous Pioneers in Aviation not only overcame Gravity, but many other challenges in their quest to fly. Your students will hear the stories of several noted Aviation Pioneers who made history right here in Alabama despite physical disabilities, intellectual challenges and societal hardships.
Just Plane History Tour Grades K-12
People Places and Events in U.S. and World History: WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more. Events in our country’s history are tied to the rich aviation story of Alabama and those who made it happen. Learn about the Local Heroes who were a part of history from the skies over Europe to low level flight through the jungle treetops of Southeast Asia.
SCIENCE (see our website for ACOS Correlated Standards)
Just Plane Science Tour Grades K-12
Forces of Flight and Laws of Motion: Newton’s Laws, lift, weight, thrust and drag. Your students will see real life applications of these fundamental properties of aerodynamics and physics. Our Aviation experts will explain them in a way that makes sense to classes of any age group.
Just Plane Weather Tour Grades K-12
Phenomenal Weather: Students will learn principles of weather, recognize conditions along frontal systems, and read basic weather maps. We will discuss weather preparedness for tornadoes, hurricanes and other weather phenomenons.
MATH (see our website for ACOS Correlated Standards)
Just Plane Math Grades K-8
Math for Flight: Pilots, Aircrew and Mechanics need a solid foundation in Mathematics to perform their duties. This Guided Tour will emphasize Mathematics concepts as they relate to Aviation, as well as reinforce to your students the importance of Mathematics for success in Aviation and in any field.
READING (see our website for ACOS Correlated Standards)
Just Plane Reading Grades K-8
Reading to Fly: Whether you are flying or fixing an aircraft, you have to read and understand checklists, technical manuals and flying regulations. We will emphasize the importance of reading skills as they relate to success in aviation and in any field.
Hands On Activities:
Students from K-12 will learn aerodynamics, weather principles, or aviation history through these activities. Our Aviation Historians/Experts simplify the topics for younger students and relate more advanced concepts to students ready to climb to the next “Flight Level”.
Build a Glider, paper airplane or paper helicopter: Students will build an aircraft in our experimental aviation hangar and adjust the aircraft’s flight characteristics based on aerodynamic principles discussed during construction.
Scavenger Hunt (Grades 6-12): Teachers, divide your class into small teams and send them out on a “mission” to locate information from the exhibits, which keeps them engaged and gives them a chance to visit the Museum on their own terms.
Soar High Programs:
A class in the Soar High Center is a great opportunity for students (2nd grade or above) to experience the challenges of learning to fly on our Flight Simulators.
Our Soar High Center is a Flight Simulator Lab that can accommodate 15 flight crews (30 students). Add the class for an additional $7 per person and allow 1 hour and 30 mins to your visit. Our flight instructors are not only great “Virtual” pilots, several have also instructed both military and civilian flight students in real life. They will take your students through ground school: principles of flight, map reading, cockpit instrumentation and a preflight briefing on the route of flight and flight controls familiarization. Then your students will “take flight”, navigate to an airport and land the aircraft.
HOW TO PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIP TO OUR MUSEUM:
First, choose your Guided Tour, consider adding a Hands-On Activity or the Flight Simulator Lab in our Soar High Center.
Second, fill out and submit your tour date request in the form on the right of this page.
Call us at 833-8226 or email Brian.Burke@birminghamal.gov for more information.
Here's a Blog post from Alabama Slacker Mama about our educational tours.