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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. Young and old, should appreciate our aviation heritage and space technology. It is our duty and privilege to provide learning opportunities, education, and classes that open minds to the possibility of air and space transportation.

Plus, these classes offer rare real-world experience for kids and young adults. Whether they need summer activities or just an awesome experience to brag about, PCAM offers a variety of educational opportunities.

STEM

In recent years the STEM movement in the United States has emphasized Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in our children’s educations. There is the perception – correct or not – that the United 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! We are currently working with the students from the STEM program at Windsor High School and hope to build out our program in the future. Stay tuned for more information. 

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 flew the types of aircraft on display at the musuem. 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.

Adults and your children can also learn by wandering around the PCAM field, getting a close look at the aircraft, and reading the information posted on our exhibits.

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

2020 Dates:

January 18, 2020

May 16, 2020

October 19, 2020

 

2020 Dates:
January 18, 2020
May 16, 2020
October 17, 2020

 

Cost: $70.00 per student

Age Group: Ages 11-17

Aviation Summer School

Dates: To Be Announced

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.

Supports aviation education of young men and women as part of the Boy Scouts of America Exploring program.

Gives Post 707 members the tools, guidance, and expertise to turn dreams of flying into a career.

Age Group: Young men and women 14-20 years

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 aircrafts. Curriculum is customized to the age group.

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.

Your Donations Help Keep PCAM Vibrant

Since our founding in 1989, the Pacific Coast Air Museum has enjoyed exceptional growth, both in membership and in the acquisition of historic aircraft and artifacts. We have also expanded our Education Programs for children and young adults, have increased our capacity to repair and restore aircraft and artifacts, added airworthy flying aircraft, and hosted countless community events.

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