Flight School Program

How do aircraft fly? Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiments, students learn about the properties of air and the four key forces that get an airplane into the air and help keep it there.

Program Description

In this program, your students will conduct experiments exploring the properties of air, as they discover the four forces of flight. During an interactive, guided tour of the museum’s aircraft, students will observe and discuss shape, size, and choice of materials.

Students will examine the design of wings, engines, and propellers, then determine how these elements might affect the four forces of flight, as well as how the aircraft could be used. Students will also sit in the cockpit of the museum’s Cessna 150. As they operate the controls, they will learn about the various control surfaces, and how they affect the airplane. In addition, students will build and test paper gliders.

NEW Exhibition!

Dreams take flight in Above and Beyond, a new special exhibition celebrating the power of innovation.

 Your students will experience five interactive galleries featuring simulations and design activities related to real-life engineering challenges within the aerospace industry. Included with school programs from October through December 2019.

Curriculum Links

Grade 6 Science and Technology — Understanding Structures and Mechanisms Elementary Cycle 1 Science and Technology — Material World
    Elementary Cycle 2 Science and Technology — Material World

Teacher Tips

Prepare your class with these pre-visit activity suggestions. Make the most of your Museum outing with these tips to help plan your visit.


$7 per student, chaperones free (minimum fee of $140; maximum 28 students)
Includes Museum admission.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Grade Level:
Grade 6 (Ontario)
Elementary Cycle 2 - Elementary Cycle 3 (Quebec)
$7 per student
120 minutes
Dates Offered
September to June
Program Location
At the Museum