School Programs

The New England Air Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary field trip options for students in grades PreK-12 from October through June. All programs are designed to meet state and national curriculum frameworks and encourage critical thinking through inquiry based instruction. School groups are encouraged to combine a classroom program with a guided tour of the museum for a full day of hands-on learning.


School Group Fees:

Self-guided Visit: $7.00 per student
Guided Tour: $10.00 per student
Classroom Program: $12.00 per student
Combination Tour & Program: $15.00 per student

  • All school staff members are admitted free of charge, while all parent chaperones will be admitted at the discounted adult admission rate of $10.00 per person.
  • One payment for the entire group will be due at check-in on the day of your visit in the form of cash, school check, or credit card. We do not accept purchase orders. Overpayments will be reimbursed in the form of a mailed check within 7-10 days of your visit.

All school groups receive a grade level appropriate scavenger hunt as well as self-guided time and the use of our dining facilities for a lunch break.

Submit a School Group Visit Request Form to book your class's field trip to the New England Air Museum. Please note we require a minimum of two weeks advanced notice when booking school group visits.


Classroom Programs:

Things That Fly

What do birds, seeds, and helicopters have in common? They fly! Through hands-on demonstrations and an interactive story time, students will compare natural versus mechanical fight before building and launching their own flying machines.

Grade Level: Preschool
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students per session
Curriculum Connections: CT Early Learning & Development Standards Early Scientific Inquiry Strand B and Strand D; Language and Literacy Strand D

Pushes, Pulls & Parachutes

What pulls us toward the Earth? How does drag slow us down? Students will test the forces of gravity and drag through focused experiments before constructing and launching a load-carrying parachute.

Grade Level: K-2
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students per session
Curriculum Connections: NGSS K-PSS-1&2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.1A-2.1A

Flight, Forces & Motion

Students will discover the science of flight through interactive demonstrations of the four forces (lift, thrust, weight and drag) before conducting a focused investigation as they design, build and test fly their own straw gliders.

Grade Level: 3-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students per session
Curriculum Connections: NGSS 3-PS2-1&2, 4-PS3-1, 5-PS3-1, 3-5-ETS-1-3; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1D-5.1D

The Physics of Flight

Explore the connections between Sir Isaac Newton and flight! Students will work in teams to increase the speed of an aircraft in flight by utilizing their knowledge of aeronautics and the Three Laws of Motion.

Grade Level: 6-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students per session
Curriculum Connections: NGSS MS-PS2-2, MS-ETS1&2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1B-8.1B


Guided Tours:

Take Flight!

Lighter than air flight, heavier than air flight, spaceflight…this tour introduces visitors to the fascinating history of flight with a special focus on New England’s contributions to aviation, both past and present.

Grade Level: K-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students per session
Curriculum Connections: Connecticut HIST K-9-12.1, HIST K-9-12.8; Massachusetts HIST KT.4, 1T.4, 2T.4, 4.T4a, USI.T, USII.T2-T3, WHII.T4- WHII.T5

Century of Innovation

From biplanes to spacesuits, this tour highlights Connecticut's role in the past, present, and future of aviation through the exploration of over one hundred years of local aerospace history

Grade Level: 3-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 45 students per hour
Curriculum Connections: Connecticut HIST K-9-12.1, HIST K-9-12.8

Women in Aviation

Discover the history of women in aerospace and learn about the challenges these pioneering women faced as they broke barriers in the aviation industry. From early 20th century barnstormers to WASPs to real-life Rosie the Riveters, this tour highlights women’s vital contributions to aviation.

Grade Level: 6-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 45 students per session
Curriculum Connections: Connecticut HIST K-9-12.1, HIST K-9-12.8; Massachusetts HIST USII.T2, USII.T4

American Warbirds

This tour focuses on the history of military aviation and its significance during World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, as well as military actions of the late 20th century and today.

Grade Level: 8-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 45 students per session
Curriculum Connections: Connecticut HIST 9-12.1-7; Massachusetts USII.T3-5, WHII.T4-6


Outreach Programs:

Bring one of our educational programs to your classroom, school night, library, or community center. Outreach programs last 45 minutes and can accommodate up to 30 people per program session, with multiple sessions available to book for a single outreach visit. $150 for the first session, $75 for each additional session, with mileage fees at the rate of $0.50 per mile for locations located more than 25 miles away from the museum. For information on scheduling a program, contact Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313.


Professional Development:

The New England Air Museum offers professional development to local educators and school districts on a variety of topics by request. Contact Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313 or submit this Contact Education Form for more information.

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