Curriculum Goals & Objectives

The Learning Jet strives to provide students with a learning experience that connects STEM subjects to exciting, real-world applications. The Learning Jet introduces students to the many different careers available in aviation and aerospace industries.


We support and build awareness for Minnesota school teachers to implement aviation/aerospace lessons and activities in their classrooms.


To address the impending aviation workforce shortage, we are partnering with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to help ensure the market is ready to meet future industry needs by offering practical hands-on experience aboard The Learning Jet.​

Students sitting at tables learning in a classroom.

Aviation Curriculum

The curriculum provides an innovative and engaging program to stimulate students’ interest in science and technology through an aviation-centered focus. The PreK-12 curriculum is based on the MN Department of Education standards and focuses on aeronautics. The appeal of aviation as a topic reaches across multiple skill and interest levels. 

Teachers will schedule their class for a full or half day program.  The lessons and hands-on activities are appropriate to the age level of the student and could include topics such as physics of flight, airport operations, weather, navigation and communications for pilots.  Students will have the opportunity to have lessons on board The Learning Jet and also the adjacent hangar.

Students gain insights into parts of an airplane and how they function,  use flight simulators, experiment with wind tunnels, and everyone gets to sit in the captain seat on the flight deck of a Boeing 727.

Boy and Girls Scouts can also benefit by obtaining their aviation merit badge through The Learning Jet.

Elements of the Curriculum Include

  • Pre-lessons for teachers​​​

  • Learning goals for each module

  • Lessons for primary (K-3), intermediate (4-6), middle school (7-9), and high school (10-12) levels

  • Lessons will be tailored for student ability

  • Follow-up lessons will be given to teachers to review back in their classroom

  • Presentations can also be tailored for adult learners