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Dreams really do come true!

Dear Teachers,

Ten years ago, when I first came to the then-National Aviation Museum, two things struck me: we needed classrooms and digital wind tunnels so we could really explore the science of flight; and we needed to tell the continuing story of manned flight as it moved out of the atmosphere and into Space. A few years later, I added video-conferencing equipment to my wish list, so that we could break our programs out of our four walls and connect to students across the country, truly fulfilling our national mandate.

Flash forward to 2011

Space Theme: Check.

Last May, we officially became the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, expanding our mandate to include human Space flight.

Classrooms: Check!

Two bright new classrooms with digital wind tunnels will open later this winter.

Video-conferencing: Double-Check!

When the classrooms open, they will be fully equipped to connect students with each other and with experts across the country — and as far away as the International Space Station.

So what’s next, you ask? Read on for good news, better news, and an invitation!

Good News…

The good news is that, in addition to the classrooms, we’re also building a 250-seat auditorium, a multipurpose room, a new front entrance and an expanded boutique, while also upgrading some of our other amenities. In order to complete the construction, the Museum will be closed from January 4 to February 4, 2011. Although the Museum will be closed to the public, we are happy to say that we will be able to accommodate all previously booked groups during this time.

Better News…

The even better news is that, while we’re closed, we’ll be hitting the road with three of our most popular programs: Amazing Air (Grade 2), Science at the Speed of Sound (Grade 4), and Flight (Grade 6). These programs are free of charge, but space is limited, so call our Reservations Office at 613-991-3053 for more information and to book your workshop now.

And an Invitation

You are cordially invited to attend our grand opening celebration held in conjunction with Career Day and National Aviation Day on February 23, 2011. This free event provides students with an opportunity to meet representatives from over 60 aviation and aerospace businesses and post-secondary institutions, as they explore the wide range of possible careers from sheet-metal working to carpentry, from customer service to business management. For more information, please go to our “Career Day” page or call 613-991-3053.

What a way to start off the new year! I couldn’t be happier and, rest assured, I haven’t stopped dreaming so watch this site, follow me on Twitter @CASMEducation or join my PLN (Personal Learning Network) on LinkedIn. More than just an opportunity for me to let you know what’s going on at the Museum, these are great places to connect with each other and talk about what’s happening in the world of education, to collaborate and to learn from one another.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next ten exciting years will be like at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and I hope you’ll join us for the adventure.

Kimberly Reynolds
Education and Interpretation Officer


The Museum is located at the intersection of the Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways in Ottawa.

Contact Information
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Our mailing address is
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 5A3
Reservations and Information 613-991-3053 or 1-866-442-4416
Front Desk 613-993-2010 or 1-866-442-4416
Fax 613-993-7923