iFLY middle school STEM field trips use iFLY’s unique vertical wind tunnel facility to make STEM exciting, relevant, and accessible to all students. Our curriculum has been designed by teachers and STEM professionals to support STEM learning in your classroom.

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Teacher Resources

    • Download a full color 2-page brochure to share with parents and administrators
    • Our Teacher Guide describes the field trip experience in detail and lists the learning standards for your state
    • Download the full standards alignment for your grade level
    • Show your students this pre-field trip presentation to orient them to what they will experience. The last slide contains a script for you, so you don’t have to worry about preparing anything in advance!
    • Take a peek at the slides our STEM Educators use in our interactive presentation
    • Download the lab worksheet in advance to see what our hands-on lab covers
    • Our post-field trip activities packet will help you reinforce what your students learned at iFLY
    • We’ve put together a great list of online resources as well. These videos, web pages, games, and activity suggestions are all related to the STEM concepts covered in our field trips.

Every Field Trip Includes:

Interactive Presentation

iFLY educators introduce STEM concepts related to the wind tunnel, including:

  • What forces are at work on objects in the wind tunnel? When are they balanced or unbalanced?
  • How does an object’s “frontal area” affect its velocity in the wind tunnel?
  • Students observe a ball demonstration. They predict how fast each ball will fly in the wind tunnel, test their predictions, and discuss the results.

Lab Activity

  • Students use scales and measuring tapes to measure the masses and surface areas of the demonstration balls using SI units
  • Students use Microsoft Excel to calculate the balls’ theoretical velocities in the wind tunnel.
  • The class examines the difference between the predicted velocities and the actual velocities they observed in the demo.
  • The class thinks about possible sources for the error between the two values, and makes connections to other applications of wind tunnel testing

Training & Safety

  • Each child will be trained by our flight instructors who are certified to IBA flight standards
  • The children will learn the correct body position, hand signals and safety rules
  • The children will be outfitted in flight suits, safety goggles, ear plugs and helmets
  • Each child will fly one-on-one with an instructor at all times
  • iFLY has flown over 6 million people worldwide, from ages 3 to 103 & we have a 100% commitment to safety

Flying

  • Each child will fly for 1 minute in the tunnel–the equivalent of 1 1/2 skydives
  • High flights, a ‘ride’ to the top of the tunnel, are available at an additional charge.

Extras

  • Each class gets digital photos emailed to the teacher
  • Each class gets a video of their flights
  • Teachers & chaperones fly too!

Pricing

  • Price varies based on customized program. Contact your education program sales team by completing and submitting the form below.
  • Extra flight time can be added to your program

Education Inquiry

Our STEM Education Team can customize any field trip to address your students’ learning needs. Call us with any questions, or use the form below.

Note: If you will need special arrangements for an unusual time or group size, please let us know in your message.