Field Trips

Field Trips are suitable for grades K-12 and may be scheduled at any time. Please view our Education Guide for detailed field trip information including program descriptions and TEKS alignment (forthcoming).

Prices for field trips and field trip programs are $4 for all adult chaperones. Admission for students is $3.

Be your own guide and download our Museum Facilitators Guide to better explain each of our exhibitions. This guide also includes learning opportunities for each exhibition.

STEM Workshops

Enhance your field trip experience by allowing students to get even more hands-on in our Flight Science Workshops. Museum staff and volunteers will dive deeper into the science, engineering, technology and math of flight. Workshops must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and may be limited due to availability and group size. Limit of 30 students per workshop. 45-60 minute program. Larger groups may schedule multiple workshops during their visit. Workshops are an additional $5 per student.

Wind Tunnel Testing (grades K-5) – 45-minute program

Students will discover the principles of air, air pressure and the forces that affect flight through an engaging live demonstration, hands-on experiments and an engineering challenge. Also, learn how aerospace engineers use wind tunnels to design and test flight. Students will then be put to the test to design their own hovercraft in our Museum wind tunnels.

Power a Plane Using Stored Energy (grades 5-8) – 45-60 minute program

Students will learn the different parts of an airplane and design their own glider. After a short lesson on potential and kinetic energy, students will then be challenged to power their plane using stored energy. Students will also learn about th

Engineer a Long Spanning Wing (grades 3-6) – 45-60 minute program

Students will discover the materials, frame and design needed to engineer a long aircraft wing. While airplanes need to be strong, they also need to be lightweight. Put your students to the test to try and build a durable, yet lightweight wing through this hands-on program.

Lightweight Airplane Wing (grades 5-8) – 45-60 minute program

Students will build a lightweight wing structure that is 12 inches long and can hold up a heavy load (weight) without deflecting.

Outreach Programs

The CR Smith Museum is growing wings and bringing the science of flight to your classroom or event. With two convenient formats to best fit the needs of your organization, the museum’s traveling STEM activities or workshops will help your event soar to new heights!

For Large Groups: Tabletop Activity Booths

Tabletop activities are designed to accommodate a large number of participants with a short activity or challenge. This format is perfect for Science Nights, Community Events, Library Programs, and other similar events.  You provide two 6ft tables, two chairs, and access to electricity and we will supply the rest!

Cost*: $125 for the first hour
$75 for each additional hour

*$50 discount for Title-1 school and 501c3 organizations. Financial assistance is sometimes available for Title-1 schools and 501c3 organizations based on grant availability. Contact us for more information. Introductory price, subject to change.

Mileage Fee: 0 to 20 miles – Free
21 to 40 miles – $30
41+ miles, call for a quote

Available Tabletop Activities

Whirligigs (Grades K-3)
A whirlywhat? A whirligig is an object which spins or twirls. In this activity where art meets science, children will learn the very basics of flight science. Older participants will also learn about two of the main forces involved in flight: lift and weight.  Children will use creative skills to decorate their whirligigs, will experiment with weight, and will even try to see if they can make their whirligig take flight!

Altitude Challenge (Grades K-6)
In this engineering challenge, participants are introduced to three of the main four forces involved in the science of flight: lift, weight, and drag. Participants will learn about how aeronautic engineers use wind flows to test their designs and will invent, build, and test a small flying contraption to reach the highest possible altitude. Low flying aircraft, commercial jet, or rocket powered plane altitude; how high will your design fly?

Kinetic Energy Challenge (Grades 4-8)
This challenge is harder than it seems! Participants will learn about potential and kinetic energy and will test their engineering and problem-solving skills by designing a system capable of moving a toy airplane down a three-foot-long runway using everyday items.

For Groups up to 50 participants: Full-Length STEM Workshops

Full-length STEM programs are perfect for more in-depth inquiry-based learning. Each program is 45 to 60 minutes long and engages students in “real-world” problem solving and critical thinking. You provide four 6ft tables, two chairs, and access to an electrical outlet and we supply the rest!

Cost*: $125 for the first group (up to 50 participants)
$75 for each additional group (up to 50 participants)

*$50 discount for Title-1 school and 501c3 organizations. Financial assistance is sometimes available for Title-1 schools and 501c3 organizations based on grant availability. Contact us for more information. Introductory price, subject to change.

Mileage Fee: 0 to 20 miles – Free
21 to 40 miles – $30
41+ miles, call for a quote

Available Full-Length Workshops

Engineer an Airfoil (Grades K-5)
In this 45 minute workshop, students will discover some of the properties of air as well as some of the forces that affect flight through an engaging live demonstration, hands-on experiments, and an engineering challenge. Students will learn why the shape of an airplane wing is so important and how aeronautic engineers test wind flows over airplane wings. Students will put their new knowledge to the test by designing, building, and testing their own airfoil.

Build A Communication Network (Grades 2-6)
Can you hear me now? This 45 minute program introduces students to sound, signals, and sensors. Students will learn the science behind sound waves and will learn about the critical role those sound waves play in assisting aircraft pilots with communications both in the air and on the ground.  Students will imagine, plan, and build a network to send communication signals in multiple directions to multiple people simultaneously. They may even try their hands at using aviation alphabet and language. Roger that!

Power a Plane Using Stored Energy (Grades 5-8)
In this 45-60 minutes workshop, students will learn how the different parts of an airplane contribute to flight and will design their own glider. After a short lesson on the forces involved with flight as well as on potential and kinetic energy, students will be challenged to design a glider powered by stored energy. This challenge is more difficult than it seems, keep your seatbelt buckled!

Engineer a Long Spanning wing (Grades 4-8)
In this 45-60 minutes workshop, students will discover the importance of selecting the right materials, frame, and design when building an airplane wing. Inspired by the Phantom Eye technology, students will use critical thinking skills to build a durable, yet lightweight wing in this engineering challenge.

Build a Plane Painting Machine (Grades 6-8)
In this 45-60 minutes workshop, students will learn the importance of painting a plane’s fuselage to protect it from corrosion, to reduce heating and cooling costs, to improve performance, and to identify a fleet.  Students will invent, build, and test a plane painting machine to draw a design on the fuselage of a plane. This challenge will really test your critical thinking and problem-solving skills!

Contact information

Please contact  Marieeve.harris@aa.com or call 817-967-5911 to inquire about or schedule a field trip, workshop, outreach program or to learn more about education opportunities at the museum.