Curious Scientific Investigators: Flight Adventures

May 17th, 2010 - August 16th, 2013 | PROJECT

Curious Scientific Investigators (CSI): Flight Adventures immerses children and families in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Launched in February 2012, the project supports NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), focusing on “innovative ideas to convey the fundamentals of flight, flight technology, and NASA’s role in aeronautics.” The project’s audience includes youth ages 6-18 and the Museum’s more than 1 million annual visitors of all ages. The project’s lead agency, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Museum), developed and implemented the project in Indianapolis in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The project’s goals focus on inspiring children and families to develop an interest in STEM concepts and learn about NASA’s role in science and aeronautics research and the evolution of flight, and on engaging and educating them through inquiry-based programs that facilitate understanding of STEM concepts and knowledge and NASA’s contributions to flight. Centered on an original Multimedia Planetarium Show on flight, Flight Adventures, the Museum designed several components, all of which complement the show and the messages it conveys. Among these components are an exhibit area composed of a movable wind tunnel, a display of models, low- and high-tech interactives; a Unit of Study; a TV show, Wings Over Indiana; a website; and a variety of educational and family programs.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products
Curious Scientific Investigators: Flight Adventures exhibit
Curious Scientific Investigators: Flight Adventures educator guide
Curious Science Investigators: Flight Adventures interactive
Flight Adventures planetarium show
Wings Over Indiana video

Team Members

Jennifer Pace-Robinson, Principal Investigator, Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Gordon Schimmel, Co-Principal Investigator, Academy of Model Aeronautics


Funding Source: NASA
Award Number: NNX10AK16G
Funding Amount: 597950


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | Physics | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere