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Education

The Institute of Fight Offers a Variety of STEAM-aligned Education Programs for 2017.

Our tour programs include pre- and post-lesson activities to help you and your students get the most educational value out of your time with us!


The Boeing Career Tour

This exciting education opportunity combines and expands upon the awe of the Boeing assembly plant tour with a real focus on career preparedness. Your group will start with an IF educator to cover the types of careers that exist in the Boeing community, and discuss the jobs that they will see in the factory as well as those that happen behind the scenes. Next you'll move into the factory for a specially-instructed tour by Boeing tour guides for 90 minutes, before returning for a final wrap-up discussion. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. If your group arrives late, there is no guarantee for the Boeing Tour.

Grade Level: 5 - 8, 9 - 12
Group size: 18-45
Schedule: 9:00 or 9:30, Tuesdays or Wednesdays
Program Length: 2.5 hours
Chaperone Ratio: 1:10. Extra chaperones may not exceed bus limitations of 50 total guests.
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


Aerospace Manufacturing Career Tour

Designed to help students learn about the kinds of knowledge and skills needed to be a Technical STEAM worker, this tour provides students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to experience what a “day in the life” is like as a manufacturing worker, helping them make connections drawn from these experiences to their developing career pathways awareness.

Selected manufacturers and suppliers offer special tours of their facilities through their partnership with the Institute of Flight. This tour relies on the school's or nonprofit’s transportation to transport participants to meet a local aerospace manufacturer or supplier. Tour design and hands-on experiences will be determined by the manufacturer. Badging requirements vary by manufacturing supplier.

Grade Level: 5 - 8, 9 - 12
Group size: 18-45
Schedule: Weekdays, scheduled asavailable with our local industry partners! Groups should plan to arrive at the Future of Flight by 10:00 a.m.
Program Length: 2.5 Hours
Chaperone Ratio: 1:10. Extra chaperones may not exceed bus limitations of 50 total guests.
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


Barry Smith Gliding Into Innovation

Gliding Into Innovation is designed to bring a unique experience to your classroom, and allow you to select a focus on our Biomimicry or Aerospace Engineering tracks. GII teaches the engineering design method, naturally evolved methods of flight, the forces of flight, the concept of fluid pressure, prototyping and testing ideas, working in groups, recording and presenting your work, and more. An IF Educator will visit your site to begin the program, provide you with curriculum materials and glider construction supplies, and schedule a culminating event as a field trip to the Future of Flight or at your location.

Grade Bands: 5 - 7, 8 - 9, 10 - 12
Group Size: 15-45
Schedule: 1 outreach lesson, 5 lessons taught by you from our lesson plans, and a 4.5 hour culminating event
Program Length: 10.5 hours over one or more weeks
Culminating Event Chaperone Ratio: 1:10

Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350

Gliding Into innovation is named for Barry Smith, who served as the organization’s founding Executive Director from its inception until 2014.


3D Printing Workshop

This Makerspace workshop gives your group a crash course in drawing objects in 3D software and operating our 3D printers. The skills learned are shared between many software platforms and are universal to basic FDM 3D printing.Though the lesson is designed to start your group from zero previous knowledge, advanced 3D modelers may jump ahead and work on more complicated objects to print. Each participant will see the workflow used by engineers creating prototypes with 3D printing, and have the opportunity to walk away with a 3D printed object of their own design. Check back for larger group accommodation, as we hope to be expanding our Makerspace soon!

Grade Level: 5 - 8, 9 - 12
Group Size: 10-24
Schedule: Weekdays
Program Length: 1.5 Hours
Chaperone Ratio: 1:10
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


Xenoplanes Workshop

his highly creative program gets participants thinking about how flight might work on other planets by asking students to solve problems and design solutions for four challenging environments. Specifically, the groups will focus on Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and the exoplanets, those planets currently being discovered outside our Solar System. At the end of the program, each group will present their materials to the larger group, sharing their knowledge and, hopefully, planting the seeds of future exploration.

Grade Level: 3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Group Size: 15-36
Schedule: Weekdays
Program Length: 1.5 Hours
Chaperone Ratio: 1:10
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


Robotics Workshop

Using a combination of products, this workshop teaches the basics of robotics and the engineering of simple machines, including extra-terrestrial rovers. Students start off with a simple challenge and a collection of parts that can be assembled in thousands of combinations, allowing them to put forth the solution they view as ideal. This program is scalable and can also include simple programming, sensors, and other topics.

Grade Level: 3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Group Size: 15-36
Schedule: Weekdays
Program Length: 1.5 Hours
Chaperone Ratio: 1:10
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


Drone Zone Workshop

This program allows your group to explore this fast-growing technology segment, experimenting with four drone-themed stations. As they rotate through the program, students will have a chance to try a quiz game, do some practice flying (including precision landings) and exploring with a camera-equipped rover, all while documenting the experience with the drones’ cameras and other tools.

Grade Level: 3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Group Size: 15-36
Schedule: Weekdays
Program Length: 1.5 Hours
Chaperone Ratio: 1:10
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


Folded Flight Workshop

The Folded Flight workshop is designed to provide participants with some general knowledge about the science of flight while also offering specific tips on how to make better paper airplanes. Participants will have a chance to explore as many as five distinct designs (depending on available time) that each show a different aspect of aviation science and technology.

Grade Level: 3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Group Size: 15-36
Schedule: Weekdays
Program Length: 1.5 Hours
Chaperone Ratio: 1:10
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


STEAM Camp

The Institute of Flight’s STEAM Camp educational program is expanding to accommodate increased demand and to ensure that school-age participants from around the world have access to excellent aerospace education. With new sessions available, there’s a camp program for everyone. Check back to see our weekly topics for camp, including Space Gear, Drone Zone Training Academy, Programming and Game Design 101, 3D Printing and Materials Science, and more!

Grade Level: 3 - 5, 6 - 8
Group Size: Individual registration
Schedule: 8 weeks per grade band available, July - August
Program Length: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 days per week, extended care available
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350 per week, extended care available

Signup coming soon!  Email Gus@futureofflight.org to get tickets if a link does not appear here.


Aerospace Maker Project (AMP)

AMP is a challenging college-credit course for high school students interested in airplane manufacturing, materials science, engineering design, maker technology like 3D printing, and career skills. Student-makers in AMP work alone and in teams on experiments and digital assignments, and use the skills they learn to create physical objects and a final presentation that answer the central question "how are aircraft made?" The class involves both direct instruction time and remote submission of work to our social platform, allowing students to create a portfolio of their progress, share things with other students, and get feedback from the instructor before they turn in their work. AMP is accredited by the University of Washington Bothell for 2 mechanical engineering credits and is supported by NSF grant #1322512.

The Aerospace Maker Project is available by special arrangement to high school classrooms by direct or remote learning. Interested groups will need on-site computer terminals and some other materials for completing their work, and may need their own 3D printing equipment. Contact makers@futureofflight.org or our Education Coordinator to discuss this possibility.

Grade Level: 9 - 12
Group Size: Individual registration
Schedule: See our current AMP session here
Program Length: 60 hours of work per student, across school or summer camp schedules
Fees: Members - $320, All Others - $350


Events in 2017

Family Steam Night - Tuesday, 3/14

Summer Nights - June 16, July 21, August 18

Aviation Geek Fest - Saturday 9/23 and Sunday 9/24

Soaring Into the Future Gala - Saturday, 10/14

Contact us or check this page as dates approach for more information!


Interested in playing in the Makerspace?

Take a look here for public workshops!



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Education Staff

Gabriella Ducamp, Education Director, Gabriella@futureofflight.org 425-438-8100 x243

Gus Posey, Family Engagement Manager Gus@futureofflight.org 425-438-8100 x231

Kyle Bates-Green, Education Coordinator Kyle@futureofflight.org 425-438-8100 x220

The 3D Makerspace, which supports many of our education activities, is sponsored in part by Community Transit.


Resources

Education Planning Guide 2017

A list of programs and events for students and their families, including educational sessions, summer camps, family workshops and more.

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