For Educators

The New England Air Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary field trip options for students in grades PreK-12 from October through late June. Classroom 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 for a full day of hands-on museum learning.


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 abd 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-PS2-2; CCSS ELA Literacy Language & Speaking for Grades K-2; CCSS. Math Content.2.MD.A.1

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; CCSS ELA Literacy Language & Speaking for Grades 3-5; CCSS. Math Content.3.MD.A.2

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: 6-8
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 30 students per session
Curriculum Connections: NGSS MS-PS2-2; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.1.B&E; CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.6

Flight Academy

Take to the (simulated) skies at the NEAM Virtual Flight Center! Working with NEAM Team flight instructors, students will learn how to chart a flight course before testing their skills at the helm of a three-screen yoke and pedal flight simulator.

Grade Level: 9-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 12 students per session
Curriculum Connections: NGSS HS-ETS1-4; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3; CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.5


Guided Tours:

Experience over one hundred years of aviation history with a guided tour of the New England Air Museum. Led by our docent tour guides, students will discover New England's unique role in aviation history, both past and present. Special tours are also available upon request on the following topics: Aviation Technology, World War II and/or Vietnam War era aircraft, as well as Connecticut's Aviation Legacy.

Grade Level: Pre-K-12
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 60 students per session


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 incur a discounted adult admission fee 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 require a minimum of one adult per every ten students for school group visits.

All school groups will receive a grade level appropriate scavenger hunt as well as optional self-guided time and the use of our dining facilities for a lunch break. While there is no food service available onsite, NEAM catering is available for an additional $12.00 per person fee when booked in advance. Contact us for more information about group visit catering

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.


Outreach Programs:

Bring our Education Department to your classroom, school family night, library or community center! A variety of programs are available upon request. For information on scheduling a program, contact Amanda Goodheart Parks, Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313, or by email .


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, Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313, or by email for more information.

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