The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center reaches thousands of students of all ages each year. From our in-house school programs, a visiting helicopter exhibit and Science of Helicopters classes, to the History of Helicopters and Saturday Series, the innovation and science associated with helicopters is presented in interactive and engaging ways. All school programs are age-appropriate and meet Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards for Science as well as National Next Generation Science Standards. PA Professional Development ACT-48 credit is also available for teachers. For more information on program content and scheduling, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Erica Zwilling at 610-436-9600.
Grades: PK-1; Length: 1 hour Helicopter Hunt uses color images, video and lots of fun activities to help kids learn what a helicopter is, what it can do, and the basic parts of a helicopter. Using shapes and colors, kids identify rotorcraft, either in the Museum gallery or through large photo posters, in a Hunt for various helicopter attributes. Pre-visit materials are available. Program runs in-house or at your location.
Grades: 1-3; Length: 1 hour A fun, interactive workshop, that uses hands-on experiments and inquiry to help kids learn about air and how it contributes to flight. Props demonstrate the Amazing effects of Air on various objects, and the importance of air to vertical flight. Program runs in-house or at your location.
What a Drag: The Forces of Flight
Grades: 3-6; Length: 1 hour, plus pre-and post-lessons Students participate in experiments and activities that demonstrate how the four forces (weight, drag, lift and thrust) impact flying objects, and how helicopters use these forces to fly and maneuver. Pre-visit materials are available. Program runs in-house or at your location.
Helicopter Ground School
Grades: 6-10; Length: 1 hour, plus pre-and post-lessons After a brief introduction to the rich history of helicopter development in the Delaware Valley, a comparison of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft is discussed. Students are introduced to unique helicopter controls through demonstration and video, and then experience what it feels like to be in the pilot’s seat. Airspeed, weight and balance, altitude and attitude are just some of the important concepts illustrated in this program. Pre-visit materials are available. Program runs in-house or at your location.
Grades: 11-12; Length: 1 hour plus pre- and post- lessons This program’s focus is on aerodynamic characteristics unique to helicopters. After a brief overview of the rich history of helicopter development in the Delaware Valley, students will be introduced to various principles that contribute to rotary wing flight. Forces of flight will be reviewed and demonstrated. Through student participation, examples and demonstrations, topics unique to helicopter flight will be presented, including gyroscopic precision, dissymmetry of lift, autorotation and the power vs. speed relationship. Pre-visit materials are available. Program runs in-house or at your location.
Vertical Flight: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Ages: Grades 9-12 through adult; Length: 1 hour plus pre- and post- lessons This program examines the role of helicopters in the past, present and future. Topics include: the history of helicopter development in the Delaware Valley; early helicopter and rotary wing flight pioneers; present-day US helicopter manufactures; helicopter pilot training; future development in the rotorcraft industry. The material is reinforced by small group docent-guided tours through the Museum gallery. Pre-visit materials are available.
Registration for all Programs and Additional Information
Call Robyn Morgan at 610-436-9600 ext. 205 to schedule your visit. The Museum can accommodate group sizes up to 100 children. Please call in advance to schedule.
The Group Rate is $7 per person.