Education

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum offers many opportunities for everyone to be inspired, learn, and create. Whether you are a school group scheduling a program or a family stopping in to create in our hand-on education area you will be amazed at all there is to discover at the Curtiss Museum.

Please be sure to check our Youtube and Facebook pages often for any upcoming educational events!

Learn more about Glenn Curtiss!

Our Museum is dedicated to the life of Glenn Curtiss, and we work hard to make sure everyone knows about his accomplishments – but who exactly was Glenn Curtiss and why is he so important? Discover more about the aviator through the link below!

Hoop Glider Mini Lesson

For ages 5+ with the help of an adult
Can you build a better hoop glider than we can? Students will explore being an engineer with this simple hoop glider experiment! By working alone or in groups, the students will use the engineering design process to plan, test, and improve their designs in attempts to create a glider that flies farther than our design!

Spinning Our Wheels Art Project!

For ages 5+ with the help of an adult
Before Glenn Curtiss was an aviation pioneer, he was a bicycle racer and a motorcycle expert! Following the directions below, you can design your dream scene and decorate a motorcycle with wheels that actually spin!

Aviation in Art!

The idea of flying machines have been a dream and fascinations for centuries, with artists and inventors creating designs of gliders and airships as early as 1010C.E. – well over 1,000 years ago! When Glenn Curtiss and other aviators started flying their aircraft in the early 1900’s, the public was so fascinated that the demand for aviation-themed art grew. Create your own aviation themed art with our easy at-home art projects!

Book Club

Join the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Book Club! This book club will be offered online only and will explore themes from the reading by looking closely at objects held by the Curtiss Museum! Before each meeting you will be sent an email with links to 3D renditions of the objects that we will be using throughout the discussion. 

Reading Guide PDF

Below are 360 images of four unique airplane cockpits held by the Curtiss Museum.

1929 Mercury Chic T-2

1914 Curtiss Jenny

1928 Curtiss Robin

1928 Travel Air

 

 

 

Book Club

Join the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Book Club! This book club will be offered online only and will explore themes from the reading by looking closely at objects held by the Curtiss Museum! Before each meeting you will be sent an email with links to 3D renditions of the objects that we will be using throughout the discussion.

Curtiss Jenny Holiday Ornament

Family fun holiday project!

Winter Lecture Series: Aviation in the Mechanical Engineering Learning Studios at Cornell

Brian Kirby, Meinig Family Professor of Engineering & Associate Director of Undergraduate Affairs of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Book Club

Join the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Book Club! This book club will be offered online only and will explore themes from the reading by looking closely at objects held by the Curtiss Museum! Before each meeting you will be sent an email with links to 3D renditions of the objects that we will be using throughout the discussion.