Grades 9-12 — Rev’olution of Engines

This program connects to the curriculum of Transportation Technology.

Students will have an in-depth look at aircraft engines and wings.

This program enables students to develop technical knowledge and skills as they study, a comparison between the working cycle of a piston engine and a turbo-jet engine. Students will identify the design and construction of various components of an internal combustion engine. The learners will be given the opportunity to demonstrate appropriate use of technical terminology related to craft systems. Also, included in this program is a discussion piece, allowing students to develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to aircraft transportation.

Program Description

The program begins with a briefing by NAFMC staff.

Following the briefing, the students will be guided through an interactive lecture. This segment of the program is instructed in front of and incorporates the engine display. Thus, allowing an incredible teaching aid for the visual learners. Subsequent to that, students will participate in a written exercise; identifying and documenting key learning pieces.

The final portion of the program, the scavenger hunt, takes students on an interactive guided tour of the museum and/or the Memorial Air Park exhibits. Students explore, observe, discuss and document their findings. While searching students will discover various aircraft including, the Burgess-Dunne, the first Canadian military aircraft purchased. Students will also have the opportunity to view the first Canadian powered flight aircraft, the Silver Dart, along with the only completely restored Halifax in North America. Students and teachers thoroughly enjoy this activity and it lays the foundation for future follow up discussions relevant to the impact of aircraft on society since 1909.


For more information, contact Gina Heinbockel-Bolik, the education programmer via email at or by phone at 613-965-3874.

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