Aviation Learning Center

The Aviation Learning Center (ALC) is where STEM-based education takes flight. The ALC introduces the energy and excitement of flight through an immersive pilot training and ground school inspired program where students experience aeronautical science, piloting protocols and the thrill of flight. Overall, the ALC offers age-appropriate curriculum that is presented through proprietary computer programs, innovative hands-on devices, and flight simulators.

Here’s what’s in store:

– Engaging hands-on lessons connecting classroom content to real world applications. (sciences, math, technical reading)

– Experiencing character-building scenarios (problem solving, teamwork) to the aviation world.

– Inspiring curiosity in many career fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


The ALC is a combination of three activity centers

Groups can customize the focus of their experience by choosing which activity centers they will utilize.

The Learning Lab 

Teaches foundational science and problem solving.

  • In the Learning Lab, students are guided by computer software and work at their own pace through hands-on experiments demonstrating the scientific concepts of navigation, wind tunnel experiments, weather patterns, flight dynamics, and weight and balance distribution.
  • At the conclusion of the experiments, students share their new expert knowledge with the rest of the group as they explain what they learned.

The Mooney Hangar

Houses preflight planning and inspection of a Mooney Ovation airplane.

  • The Mooney Hangar is a replica general aviation hangar complete with an actual Mooney Ovation aircraft.
  • An instructor guides students through the completion of FAA flight plan paperwork and mapping of a route from Ellington Airport to Scholes International Airport in Galveston.
  • Students check the safety of the aircraft by completing a preflight inspection of fuel, equipment, and flight controls.

The Flight Simulator Bay

Allows students to test their flying skills in a simulator of the Mooney Ovation.

  • Following their STEM-focused planning, students fly from Ellington Airport to Scholes Airport in a flight simulator based on the Mooney Ovation plane they just inspected.
  • Each simulator is equipped with state-of-the-art displays with an accurate virtual world of the Houston-Galveston area, operational rudder pedals, control yokes, and other flight controls.



This experience includes the Student Field Trip and all three areas of the ALC – Learning Lab, Mooney Hangar, and Simulator Bay.

Minimum 12 students / Maximum 36 students: $450 per group.

Minimum 37 students / Maximum 50 students: $550 per large group.

Target Age Group:  5th – 12th grades

Length of Time:  2 hour program.

Available:  Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


This experience includes the Student Field Trip and the activities of the Mooney Hangar and the Flight Simulator Bay.

• Minimum 10 students / Maximum 20 students: $12.50 per student.

Target Age Group:  5th – 12th grades

Length of Time:  1 hour program.

Available:  Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


This experience includes the Student Field Trip and the activities in the Learning Lab.

Minimum 10 students / Maximum 20 students: $12.50 per student.

Target Age Group:  5th – 12th grades

Length of Time:  1 hour program.

Available:  Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Enhance your field trip by adding a one-hour class to your field trip visit.  

$160 per group of up to 28 students – Available: Tuesday through Saturday – 9 a.m. to 4p.m.

Doolittle’s Dilemma – Math Challenge

Decide “What would you do?” for each of the steps that led to the historic attack on Pearl Harbor, drawing the U.S. into World War II. Use your math skills to solve the problems encountered by Gen. Doolittle during the counter-attack on Japan, such which planes to use, the maximum weight of the planes and how far they could fly.

Forces of Flight – A Class Exploring TEKS 8.6

Investigate the forces involved in flying and the effects of unbalanced forces on aircraft. Practice math problems using real specifications from the planes in the LSFM collection.