NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, Calif.
Phone: 650-654-0200 ext 222
Sept. 18, 2007
NASA and Aviation Museum Team Up to Promote Aeronautics Education
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Two organizations with a rich history in aviation have joined forces and will soon engage students and the public with two NASA enhanced aeronautics field trip programs.
The Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, Calif., in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., is launching 'Skyways' and 'Four to Soar: Forces of Flight' during Hiller’s annual Educator Day on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007. During this event, educators and their families are invited to visit the museum free of charge and participate in demonstrations of several hands-on programs, including Skyways. These new programs are a result of a Space Act Agreement, signed earlier this year, to develop and disseminate museum-based aeronautics-focused educational products.
"NASA offers a wealth of aeronautics education materials designed primarily for classroom use. This partnership with Hiller Aviation Museum provides NASA an opportunity to engage the next generation in NASA’s aeronautics mission," said Deborah Feng, acting chief of the NASA Ames Education Division. "NASA has gained a strong partner with the same goal of enhancing and enriching the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)," she added.
"Museums and science centers are great resources for teachers to use in helping their students achieve academic success in science and math," said Jeffery Bass, president and chief executive officer of Hiller. "Not only have our efforts with NASA created useful products for our own local audience and regional schools, but they will help teachers and museums throughout the country as those products are disseminated," Bass said.
According to the agreement, Hiller Aviation Museum and NASA Ames Research Center will co-develop math and science field trip activities and classroom lessons to foster student and teacher interest in aeronautics and NASA’s aeronautics mission. Educational materials developed through this collaboration will focus on STEM concepts and NASA content in a fun, instructional format, designed for museum audiences. These educational materials and programs will be disseminated to other museums nationwide.
The 'Skyways' aviation math field trip project uses a version of NASA's Smart Skies software complemented by a museum tour and a flight planning challenge developed by the museum. During the Smart Skies portion of the field trip, students are challenged to manage aircraft approaching a major airport. Using an air traffic control simulator and math concepts, students adjust aircraft trajectories and speeds to safely and efficiently route aircraft to their destination. Smart Skies has been tested with thousands of students in San Francisco Bay Area schools and across the country. Smart Skies is a part of an educational outreach effort between NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Four to Soar: Forces of Flight field trip project engages students in hands-on inquiry museum activities and pre/post engineering design challenge classroom activities. Students will experiment with aeronautical forces, learning first-hand how the design of a propeller and the shape of a wing affect thrust and lift.
"NASA is looking forward to sharing its aeronautics research with the Aviation Museum audience," said Christina O'Guinn, who leads NASA Ames' informal education efforts. "We are confident these programs will be a great success."
The NASA Ames and Hiller Aviation Museum partnership is funded by the NASA Headquarters Office of Education, Washington and the museum's corporate sponsors. Development of Smart Skies was funded by the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
The Hiller Aviation Museum, a non-profit organization, brings together historical, educational and technological resources to create programs that increase public understanding of science and aviation and inspire curiosity.
For more information about NASA's Smart Skies, visit: http://smartskies.arc.nasa.gov/
For more information about the Hiller Aviation Museum, visit: http://hiller.org/
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