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The Florida Air Museum - Sharing the Passion of Flight

The Florida Air Museum, Florida’s official aviation museum and education center, is truly a place where “education takes flight,” providing an array of fun and educational opportunities for both adults and children. Educational outreach and on-site activities are offered to a wide range of schools and community groups. Career support, internships and service-learning opportunities also are available.

As a part of the continuing community outreach, the education department sponsors a variety of year-round activities and events.

Museum in the Schools

Budget cuts and the rising cost associated with school field trips create a need to bring the educational enrichment provided by the Florida Air Museum’s education programs into the classroom whenever possible. This program provides school-based educational presentations aligned with current standards of education, at no cost to schools.

The Future Eagles

A middle/high school aviation club that meets monthly to plan various programs to support the Florida Air Museum and SUN ’n FUN.

Destination Aviation Summer Camps

Summer months bring aerospace and aviation day and residential camps for children ages 11-18. Unique camp activities relate aeronautics to life as campers learn about the math, science and history of flight. Plus, campers experience the ultimate in real-life learning as they get behind the controls for an actual flight with a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The Museum has established a scholarship fund to provide the summer camp experience to children who might not otherwise be able to participate.

STEM-tastic Saturday Camps

STEM-tastic Saturday camps are offered one Saturday a month with different themes for each month.

Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to attend to further their understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Some of the themes include but not limited to Rocketry, Gliders, Aviation, Kites, Restoration Skills, Robotics, Orienteering.

STEM-tastic Summer Camps

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math one week camps are offered to students ages 7-11 during the summer sponsored by the Florida Air Museum. The STEM curriculum includes rocketry, flight simulators, DVD’s and hands-on construction.

Wings ‘n Things

Held in November, offers an exciting weekend of camping adventures with badge classes for Boy and Girl Scouts and a variety of activities for youth groups, and families. Year-round camping opportunities also are available upon request.

And that’s not all!

The education department also coordinates various aviation-based competitions and contests and provides speakers for both in-school and community presentations.

A variety of facilities, located on the Florida Air Museum campus, provide a strong foundation for our ongoing educational efforts.

The Tom Davis Education Center is the home of the Florida Air Museum’s education department. Dedicated in 2005 and supported by the Tom Davis Foundation, the Center provides a venue for school tours and youth activities, classes, teacher workshops, summer camps and many other aviation-based events.

The Buehler Restoration Center provides a large air-conditioned work space for final assembly and restoration of aircraft.

The Cessna Center showcases Cessna aircraft during the annual SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and is utilized year-round for various educational activities.

Housing more than 6,000 books and thousands of magazines, photographs, and charts, the Florida Air Museum Library, may be opened upon request for aviation research purposes. The knowledgeable library staff will be happy to provide assistance for research projects.

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) officially opened in August, 2008 and is the most recent addition to the Museum’s educational family. This unique public high school, adjacent to the Museum, prepares students for careers in the aerospace and aviation industry.

To learn more about the many educational opportunities offered by the Florida Air Museum’s education department or how your donation can help “education take flight”, visit, email or call 863-904-4073

March/April 2011 Aviators Hot Line WARBIRDS

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