Educational Programs

Inspiring the young to aim for the sky!

A large part of the mission of the Pacific Coast Air Museum is to Educate and Inspire both young and old about our aviation heritage and space technology. It is our duty and privilege to provide learning opportunities, education, and classes that open young minds to the possibilities of air and space transportation. The improvement of our nation depends largely upon the mechanical and analytical talents our children develop as they grow into mature and responsible adults, and we're helping promote that.

Plus, these classes are great things for kids and young adults to do, whether they need summer activities or just an awesome experience to brag about.

For information about all educational opportunities at the Pacific Coast Air Museum, please contact Education Chair Dave Ford at 707-544-4437 or email av8r@sonic.net.

Educational Classes

The Pacific Coast Air Museum regularly offers four types of classes appropriate for young people. Often, these are held at the request of school groups, but individual students are welcome to join any session with available seats. Classes we offer include:

Boy Scout Merit Badge

  • 2017 Dates:
    • May 20, 2017
    • October 7, 2017 -- POSTPONED to November 4
    • November 4, 2017
  • Cost: $70.00 per student
  • Age Group: Ages 11-17

This complete one-day program follows Boy Scouts of America requirements for a Merit Badge in Aviation.

Find out more about the  Boy Scout Merit Badge class at the Pacific Coast Air Museum

Aviation Summer School

  • Dates:
    • Next class is planned for June 2018. Please check back for details
  • Cost: $165.00 per student per course ($320 per student if you register for both courses)
  • Age Group: 8th to 12th Grades

Two 10-hour aviation courses. Each syllabus provides five days of exciting classroom aviation activities.

Find out more about Aviation Summer School at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.

Aviation History

  • Dates: Arranged upon request
  • Tuition: $25.00 per student
  • Age Group: 5th through 12th Grades

2 hour class demonstrates and discusses the basic physics and facts of the events that led up to the historic flight at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903. Course meets several of the California State Standards in Social Studies, Science, and Math and includes a 30-minute hands-on tour of one of the Museum’s aircraft. Curriculum is customized to the age group.

For more information contact Education Chair Dave Ford at 707-544-4437 or email wdf@sonic.net.

The Principles of Flight

  • Dates: Arranged upon request
  • Tuition: $25.00 per student
  • Age Group: 5th through 12th Grades

This course examines the four forces of flight, and meets several of the California State Standards in Social Studies, Science, and Math. It includes a 30-minute “hands on” tour of one of the Museum's aircraft. Curriculum is customized to the age group.

For more information contact Education Chair Dave Ford at 707-544-4437 or email wdf@sonic.net.

STEM

In recent years the STEM movement in the Unites States has emphasized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in our children’s educations. There is the perception – correct or not – that the Unites States has fallen behind other parts of the world in these key areas. The Pacific Coast Air Museum helps schools address some of their STEM education needs by providing fun and effective ways for students to learn hard facts around aeronautics, aircraft technology, and flight, which are some of the most exciting and engaging science and technology subjects anywhere!

Events

The Pacific Coast Air Museum holds events that are educational, intellectually stimulating, and fun. For example, in May 2014 we hosted NASA astronaut Story Musgrave as he provided a two-hour talk on his experience of becoming an astronaut and what it was like to fly the Space Shuttle and repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Many local students attended, and some received class credit. Our monthly meetings always feature a guest speaker who makes a presentation on some aspect of flying, aircraft or space technology, historical events, serving in the military, or a related topic. We also provide personnel or equipment to display at events hosted by other organizations such as the Northbay Science Fair.

Find out more about events at the Pacific Coast Air Museum

Learn from Those Who were There

The greatest educational asset PCAM has is its community of members and volunteers. Many are retired pilots and flight crews who actually flew the types of aircraft on display here. Others played support roles as mechanics, ground crews, managers, air traffic controllers, and logistics personnel. They are always happy to tell their first-hand accounts of flying and working with these and other aircraft and what it was like to serve our nation in a prior era.

You and your children are also free to learn on your own by wandering around the PCAM field, getting a close look at the aircraft, and reading the information posted on our exhibits.

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PLACE WITH HISTORY YOU CAN TOUCH!

There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month,  special events throughout the year, and regular hot dog lunches. We host school field trips, special group tours, birthday parties, and family get-togethers, all among our collection of historic aircraft and educational exhibits.

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