Aviation-based STEM Learning Modules
HFF partners with teachers to bring aviation-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to the classroom, in-person or virtually. Our modules fulfill the learning standards of Washington State for the subject-matter they cover. We focus on grade-levels 5, 8 and 11, but can adapt material to other grades.
Flexibility is key, particularly in 2020-21. Ideally, modules are presented in the classroom either by the responsible teacher or a member of our STEM faculty. The students then prepare for their visit to the museum with reading and practical exercises. The museum visit allows illustration of concepts using our exhibits and collection of airworthy aircraft from the period 1927-57. Much of the visit is spent addressing problems in small groups. A docent-led tour is included. Finally, a pilot adds a bit of excitement by demonstrating some aspect of ground operations such as start-up of a vintage engine. The experience emphasizes both STEM concepts and the creative genius of the engineers, pilots and business executives who advanced aviation during its Golden Age.
For students unable to visit the museum for whatever reason, we provide complimentary admission passes for a later date.