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Aviation and Technology

Aviation and Technology

Students handle materials used to build aircraft from many eras as they explore the Museum in Aviation and Technology, an interactive school program.

Program Description

During a tour of the Museum, students handle materials used to make the aircraft they visit. They can actually feel the lightness of bamboo and examine honeycomb structures up close to better understand why and how these materials work. Aircraft examined may include:

Students also discuss changes in aviation technology over time and examine ways to lessen an aircraft’s environmental impact. It’s all in Aviation and Technology.

Ontario Curriculum Links

Grade 9

TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION: Exploring Technologies (T1J1O)

  • Technology Fundamentals
    • A1.5 describe the characteristics of a variety of materials used in the fabrication of a product or the delivery of a service and identify other relevant considerations to be made in relation to those materials
    • A1.7 research and describe the development of a Canadian technological innovation or invention
  • Technology, the Environment, and Society
    • C1.1 describe how various technologies affect the environment, and identify important environmental considerations associated with different areas of technology
    • C1.2 identify technological solutions that have been designed in response to environmental concerns
    • C2.1 describe some of the effects that technological innovations of the past have had on society and the economy
    • C2.2 describe how society is being affected today by various new and emerging technologies
    • C2.3 describe economic, ecological, social, and safety considerations facing consumers when they make choices between particular products or services

Grade 10

TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION: Transportation Technologies (TTJ20)

  • Technology Fundamentals
    • A1.1 identify the function and describe the construction and operation of the major parts of an engine
    • A1.2 explain how power is produced in the course of an engine cycle
    • A3.1 identify and describe the function of various types of steering/control systems and their components
    • A3.5. identify and describe major body, hull, and/or fuselage system components
  • Technology, the Environment, and Society
    • C1.1 research and report on ways in which the transportation industry affects the environment and on efforts being made to remedy or reduce harmful effects, including ways of disposing of waste products
    • C1.3 describe the environmental impact of various modes of transportation
    • C2.1 research and report on the development of improved safety features in transportation technology
    • C2.2 describe recent technological innovations in vehicles and/or craft
    • C2.3 explain the pros and cons of various means of transporting people/materials in terms of economy, safety, convenience, and so on

Grade 11

TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION: Transportation Technologies (TTJ3C)

  • Technology Fundamentals
    • A1.2 describe the design and construction of various components of an internal combustion engine
    • A3.1 identify the function and explain the operation of the major components of various types of steering/control systems
    • A3.4 identify various body components of vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft
    • A3.5 identify and describe common types of body and frame construction in vehicles or craft
  • Technology, the Environment, and Society
    • C2.3 explain how current societal needs and preferences influence transportation technology

Quebec Curriculum Links

Secondary Cycle 1

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: The Technological World

  • Engineering
    • Compulsory Concepts
      • Materials
      • Equipment
    • Cultural References
      • Evolution of building materials
      • History of the evolution of machines and tools
      • Inventions
      • Joseph-Armand Bombardier
      • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Forces and Motion
    • Compulsory Concepts
      • Mechanisms that transmit motion
      • Mechanisms that bring about a change in motion
    • Cultural References
      • Aviation and aerospace science
      • Transportation technology

Secondary Cycle Two (Years 1 and 2)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: The Technological World

  • Materials
    • Compulsory Concepts
      • Types and properties - Ferrous alloys, nonferrous metals and alloys, wood and modified wood (Year One)
      • Types and properties – Plastics, ceramics, composites (Year Two)
      • Modification of properties (degradation, protection) (Year Two)
    • Cultural References
      • Alexander Graham Bell (Year One)
      • Leonardo da Vinci (Year Two)
  • Engineering
    • Compulsory Concepts
      • Mechanics – Guiding controls (Year Two)
      • Construction and characteristics of motion transmission systems (Year Two)

Teacher Tips

Prepare your class with these pre-visit activity suggestions. Make the most of your Museum outing with these tips to help plan your visit.


$5 per student, chaperones free (minimum fee of $100; maximum 28 students)


To reserve this program, please complete the online reservation request form.

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