Kids Love Aviation Science
About the KLAS Program
In order to encourage young women and all
children regardless of color, the Western Museum of Flight has
instituted, and continues to hone, the Kids Love Aviation Science
(KLAS) program. The goal of this program is to expose the next
generation to the educational and inspirational dynamics of flight,
with the hope that they pursue careers in aviation science and
In this year-round program, students are transported
at no cost to the museum from low-income communities in Los Angeles
and provided Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) learning
activities that cover the fundamental principles of physics,
mathematics, and engineering utilized to produce modern aircraft.
Additionally, trained docents provide detailed tours of the aircraft
on display and discuss the impact of aviation industry in Southern
The KLAS curriculum features engaging hands-on
learning lessons, incorporating the use of actual aircraft materials,
maps, pilot attire, and the controls of the cockpit. At the conclusion
of the program, students construct their own model airplanes.
Thanks to the generosity of the Kenneth T.
and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and the Boeing Employee Community
Fund, the Western Museum of Flight has been able to recently
expand the Kids Love Aviation Science program to include an all
new, interactive exhibit entitled "Women in Aerospace".
This exhibit will incorporate the use of special collections
artifacts from the historic "Ninety-Nine's," an all-female
pilot group formed in 1929 that included Amelia Earhart. The
goal of this exhibit is to instill independent thinking in young
students while simultaneously informing them of the challenges
faced by women historically. The Women in Aviation exhibit is
expected to be completed by 2019.
Our program impacts approximately 500 students
per year. With an expanding program, we aim to increase those
numbers considerably each year.
How to Make a Reservation
If you are interested in making a reservation for your class
to attend the KLAS program, or know someone who might be interested,
please email Cynthia Macha, Museum Director, at email@example.com.