The Barnstorming Tour on O‘ahu, 2012.

The Barnstorming Tour on O‘ahu, 2012.

More than 600 public school sixth graders on Kaua‘i will learn about the science behind aviation when members of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Barnstorming Program travel to Kaua‘i for the first time, from Nov. 12 to 19.

“We are very fortunate to have Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Barnstorming Program available for our sixth grade students at no charge to the Department of Education,” said Bill Arakaki, Complex Area Superintendent of Kaua‘i’s public schools.

The term “barnstorming” refers to a style of stunt piloting that was performed in the 1920s to showcase pilots’ skills and the sturdiness of the planes they flew.

The Barnstorming Tour on O‘ahu, 2012.

The Barnstorming Tour on O‘ahu, 2012.

Pacific Aviation Museum’s Barnstorming Program was developed in 2010 by staff at the museum in collaboration with educators and science advisors from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Since its inception, the program has reached more than 18,000 sixth graders in their classrooms on O‘ahu and Maui. For Kaua‘i, this will be the first time.

“Students from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, Kapa‘a Middle, Waimea Canyon Middle, Hanalei Elementary and Kilauea Elementary will be treated to an aviation-related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) program that is designed to keep the students engaged,” Arakaki said.

The 90-minute curriculum is aligned to the Hawaii State Content Standards and uses: