2024 Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp


2024 Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp Dates:
Sessions run Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

About the Program
Hosted in the Naval Aviation Museum, (FAD Area), and taught by certified teachers, campers will learn the fundamentals of flight, and expand their knowledge of Naval Aviation history through tours of exhibits, aircraft and hands-on fun and instruction in math and science. This unique aviation-themed STEM day camp is open to children entering 5th and 6th grade.

Campers get to build and launch their own rocket, build gliders, watch a Blue Angels practice, and experience movies in our Giant Screen Theater! In addition, another highlight is our pairing with NASP Volunteer Officers who lead campers daily in-flight instruction, flying F-35s’ in our Sims Bay! All these cool activities are packed into week-long sessions, each summer we offer 5 weekly sessions to choose from! Sessions fill quickly, follow the link below to register.

Camp fees are $200 per camper, per session (Sessions: M-F, 9:00 – 3:00) and Military Families receive a $25 discount, ($175.00 per camper), redeemable at checkout. Parents will need to arrange daily transportation for their child to and from camp and pack a lunch and snack for their child daily.

Campers will receive a “Flight Adventure Deck” t-shirt, lanyard, name badge, log book, rocket, various crafts, and an amazing summer camp experience! Weekly capacity is 35 campers per session.

Note: Backpacks and similar items are not allowed in the Museum (exceptions are small diaper bags, purses, camera bags, fanny packs, and medicine bags); all bags are subject to search by the NAS Base Security and or a visible inspection by Museum staff or qualified volunteers.


Any Questions?
Contact Mr. Matt Vickers at extension 8958.
E-mail: mvickers@navalaviationmuseum.org

Lighter Than Air

Lighter Than AirLearning Objective: To understand the principle of buoyancy.

Method: This device consists of a balloon that when filled with hot air rises on a fixed cable, beginning in a deflated state, then filling and rising to a height of 20 feet. The operator can demonstrate with different hot air volumes to achieve positive, neutral or negative buoyancy. Hot air weighs less than the same volume of cold air (it is less dense), which means that hot air will rise up or float when there is cold air around it, just like a bubble of air in a pot of water. This lesson is tied in with the Montgolfier brothers very first unmanned flight in an LTA craft.

Falling Bodies Device

Learning Objective: To understand the principle behind Galileo’s Law of Falling Bodies (Gravity).

Method: The device consists of a pair of vertical acrylic tubes with a plunger-operated release mechanism at the top which serves to release a pair of tennis balls simultaneously into the tubes. One ball has been filled with BBs, making it noticeably heavier than the other. When placed into their recesses at the top of the tubes and released, both balls reach the bottom of the tubes simultaneously.

Coin & Feather Device

Coin and FeatherLearning Objective: The device demonstrates the principle that, in the absence of air resistance, all objects at a given location fall with the same constant acceleration.

Method: When the tube is evacuated, the coin and feather fall at the same rate. When air is introduced into the tube, the feather falls at a slower rate.

Galileo's Pendulums

Galileo PendulumLearning Objective: To understand the principle behind Galileo’s Law of Falling Bodies (Gravity).

Method: The device consists of a pair of pendulums: one having a bob of cork; the other a bob of lead.When pulled back and released simultaneously, the operator will observe that the initial period (or swing) of both bobs is equal, despite their obvious difference in mass.

Space Scale

Space ScaleLearning Objective: To understand the relationship between weight and mass. (Gravity) The Flight Adventure Deck (FAD) program is an ongoing partnership with the Escambia and Santa Rosa County School Districts

Method:The device consists of a scale and console with touchpads for ten locations in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Moon. When standing on the scale, the operator can select any of these locations and observe how his or her weight changes according to the gravitational pull created by the different masses of the celestial bodies.

Frictionless Air Track

Frictionless AirtrackerLearning Objective: To understand the principles contained in Newton’s Laws of Motion: Inertia, Acceleration and Action-Reaction.

Method: The device consists of a 1.5 meter aluminum beam connected to an air source. Air is blown through small holes at regular intervals the length and width of the beam, creating an air cushion along its surface. Two aluminum “cars” float freely on the air cushion when activated, allowing the operator to accelerate them in a variety of ways in a virtually frictionless environment. One car is equipped with a balloon-nozzle attachment which allows it to be self-propelled. Removable masses can be fitted to the cars to alter their masses for class group experiments.

Measuring Air Pressure Device

Measuring Air Pressure DeviceLearning Objective: To understand the relationship between air pressure and altitude in Earth’s atmosphere.

Method: The device consists of a large acrylic cylinder mounted on a cabinet with a rubber diaphragm in its base. A hand-operated wheel connected to a cam pushes up or pulls down on the diaphragm, increasing or decreasing pressure within the cylinder. A calibrated manometer tube provides a visual display of the atmospheric pressures at key geographic elevations on Earth.

Pressure Versus Altitude Device

Pressure vs Altitude DeviceLearning Objective: To understand the relationship between air pressure and altitude in Earth’s atmosphere.

Method: The device consists of a series of weighted bars, each representing the weight of a 1″ square column of atmosphere at a given altitude. Operators can compare the atmospheric weights or pressures between sea level and intervals up to 50,000 feet above sea level (MSL).

Magdeburg Hemispheres

Magdeburg HemisphereLearning Objective: To understand that air is matter which has mass and occupies space.

Method: The device mimics an experiment conducted by Otto von Guericke in Magdeburg, Germany in the 17th century. Two machined aluminum hemispheres are mounted to the top of a cabinet, one fixed and the other mounted on a vertical sliding track which allows it to be moved up and down to form a sphere. With the valve on the upper hemisphere closed and the two hemispheres placed together, a button-actuated vacuum pump removes the air from within the sphere and prevents separation of the two hemispheres.

Descartes Divers

Descartes DiversLearning Objective: To understand Archimedes principle of buoyancy and gas volume vs. pressure (Boyles Law).

Method: The device consists of a water-filled cylinder topped by a lever-operated diaphragm. Two glass Cartesian “divers” or air-filled buoys are suspended in the cylinder. Operation of the lever either increases or decreases pressure on the water column, directly compressing or expanding the volume of air within each diver and causing the diver to ascend or descend.

Helium Balloons

Helium BalloonsLearning Objective: To understand the principle of buoyancy.

Method: The device consists of a tethered, helium-filled weather balloon beneath which is suspended a small basket. The operator can experiment with different payloads to achieve positive, neutral or negative buoyancy.

Weight of Gases Device

Weight of gasesLearning Objective: To understand the variations in density and weight of the volume of given gases that are components of air.

Method: The device consists of a series of weighted bars each representing the weight of 100 cubic feet of a given gas: Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen, Argon, Hydrogen and Helium.

Bernoulli Blower

Bernouli BlowerLearning Objective: To observe an application of Bernoulli’s Principle.

Method: The device consists of a cabinet-enclosed blower and a swiveling air exhaust plenum and ball. When actuated, exhaust air holds the ball in suspension 2-3 feet above the plenum. Operator can rotate plenum to 45° from the vertical and observe that ball remains suspended within the air column.

Newtons Cradle

Newtons CradleLearning Objective: This device gives a demonstration of conservation of momentum and energy using a series of swinging spheres.

Captive Mentor Wind Tunnel

Captive Mentor WindtunnelLearning Objective: To illustrate how the movement of aircraft control surfaces (elevator, aileron and rudder) affects the control and stability of an aircraft in the axes of pitch, roll and yaw.

Method: The device consists of a large wind tunnel containing a 1/16 scale T-34C “Turbomentor” remote-controlled model. Operator sits at a control console equipped with stick, throttle and rudder pedals and flies model in the wind tunnel. Limited control authority and area restrict movement to approximately 3 feet up and down and 3 feet left and right.

Interactive Flight Simulator

Interactive Flight SimulatorLearning Objectives:

  • To understand how control movements affect aircraft performance: airspeed, altitude, heading, rate of descent and rate of climb.
  • To understand the basic variables essential to piloting an aircraft: attitude, airspeed and power.
  • To appreciate the level of situational awareness and eye-to-hand coordination required to pilot an aircraft.

Method: The flight simulator is a highly interactive, highly realistic depiction of the flight environment. The hardware is configured to resemble a hybrid F-18/F-16 jet aircraft cockpit with a full set of controls and basic instruments. Out-the-window view from the cockpit is a wide-angle projection 10 feet wide by 8 feet high. The flight simulator may be configured to provide a concise, “canned” flight program which takes operator through a specific, limited profile (e.g. final approach to a selected runway), or it can be configured to provide an open flight program of unlimited duration and mission profiles.

Wright Cyclone R-1820 Radial Engine

Wright CycloneLearning Objective:To illustrate the mechanical operation of the piston, crankshaft and supercharger of the Cyclone engine.

Method: An operating cutaway of the Cyclone engine shows the mechanical movements of one of the nine pistons and its connecting rod to the engine crankshaft and reduction gearing to the propeller driveshaft. The centrifugal impeller for the supercharger is also displayed.

Westinghouse J-34 Turbojet Engine

WestininghouseLearning Objective: To illustrate the mechanical operation of the compression and power turbine sections of a turbojet engine.

Method: An operating cutaway of the J-34 engine shows the mechanical rotation of the driveshaft and the compression and power turbine sections it connects.

Fiberoptic Display of the J-34

Learning Objective:To understand how a gas turbine engine operates: the four stages of power production and how the engine converts fuel and air into thrust.

Method:The fiberoptics in the display above the J-34 cutaway are keyed to buttons on a visitor-operated console which correspond to different sections of the engine and steps in the power-production cycle.

Propeller Display

Propellor DisplayLearning Objective: To observe how a propeller is designed like a “wing with a twist.”

Method: The device consists of a series of cross-sections of a Hartzell propeller blade from a T-34 aircraft. Visitors can observe the sections and compare their shapes with others taken from the same blade.

Matt Vickers

Matt Vickers

Flight Adventure Deck Coordinator



Matt graduated from the University of West Florida in 2007, majoring in Telecommunications. Matt serves as the Flight Adventure Coordinator and heads the IT department.

Marsha Schiller

Marsha Schiller

Teacher on Special Assignment



Marsha has been a teacher for Santa Rosa County Schools for 20 years.  She has taught math, science and health at the middle school level and is currently serving as the Santa Rosa County School District’s Teacher on Special Assignment at Flight Adventure Deck.

Marsha is a graduate of the University of West Florida where she majored in Middle Grades Mathematics and Science Education.  Marsha also earned her Master of Science in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction at UWF.

In addition to her teaching career, Marsha also coaches competitive gymnastics!

Michele Givens

lady with reddish orange hair smiling in front of a medium dark blue background. Her name is Michele Gibson

Teacher on Special Assignment



22 years total teaching experience. Taught math at the high school level for 16 years and previously middle grades science. Graduate of Florida State University, majored in International Relations and Secondary Education. Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.