James S. McDonnell Prologue Room

Educational

The Prologue Room offers two exciting programs for middle-school students to explore science and technology -- "The Mystery of Flight" and "The Adventures in Space".

These programs are made available Monday through Friday throughout the year. Reservations are required. Call 314-232-6896 to make arrangements to visit the Prologue Room.

"Mystery of Flight"

Educational tour being given to students (Neg#: DSC_5438)The Mystery of Flight is an educational program designed for students in the fourth grade or above. This program provides an overview of how airplanes work, how they have evolved over the generations, and culminates with a fascinating study of space flight.

The attention-grabbing 90-minute, multi-media presentation includes:

  • An entertaining, informational video that explains the basic principles of flight in a fun and easy-to-understand manner.
  • A guided tour through the Prologue Room where the lessons of flight come to life.

Students will:
Learn how early planes looked and flew.
Find out why airplanes built for different jobs have different shapes.
Learn why airplanes have curved wings.
Understand the job of the tail, the flaps and the rudder.
Discover the difference between flying in air and in outer space.

In addition, students will receive exciting airplane pictures with interesting facts on the back side, and a comic book with fun quizzes and puzzles.

Admission is free, and photographs are permitted. To promote interaction and ensure educational effectiveness, groups are limited to a maximum of 30 students. Reservations are required. Call 314-232-6896 for reservations.

"Adventures in Space"

Educational tour (Neg#: DSC_5399)The Adventures in Space is an educational program designed for students in middle school or above (7th-12th grades). This program tells the captivating story of the history of humankind's endeavor to explore space, what astronauts are doing in space today, and what the future holds.

The mesmerizing 60-minute, multi-media presentation includes: - An entertaining, informational video that explains the basic principles of space flight in a fun and easy-to-understand manner.

  • An entertaining, informational video that explains the basic principles of space flight in a fun and easy-to-understand manner.
  • A guided tour through the Prologue Room where the history of space exploration will take on new meaning.

Students will:
Learn how early space capsules looked and flew.
Find out how and why astronauts went to the moon.
Learn how rockets work.
Understand the difference between expendable and reusable vehicles.
Discover what the International Space Station is all about.

In addition, students will receive souvenir pictures of space vehicles with interesting facts on the back side.

Admission is free, and photographs are permitted. To promote interaction and ensure educational effectiveness, groups are limited to a maximum of 30 students. Reservations are required. Call 314-232-6896 to make arrangements to visit the Prologue Room.