For Immediate Release

Release No. SW99070003
July 8, 1999
Contact: Debra Myers
Phone: (817) 222-5833

FORT WORTH — Area educators get a flying start in aviation and space education next week at a week-long Aerospace Education Academy offered as a community service by the Vintage Flying Museum, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Tarrant County College (TCC). Participants also receive a free "Aviation in a Bag" hands-on science kit to take back to the classroom.

The weeklong science and careers program starting July 19 lets participants experience a wide range of hands-on aerospace activities, including visits to airports, air traffic control towers and local aviation industry facilities. Also included, a comprehensive look at NASA’s space program presented by a NASA education specialist. Aviation professionals will be on hand to discuss careers and the many career opportunities in the field of aerospace.

Academics include principles of flight and how to incorporate aerospace into curriculum to motivate students’ interest in math and science. The week ends on Friday with each educator receiving a flight orientation ride at the Vintage Flying Museum on Meacham Airport.

"Community partnership programs such as this workshop for educators reflect a desire and willingness on the part of government, education, and the aviation community to promote a better understanding of aerospace," said Clyde M. DeHart, Regional Administrator, FAA Southwest Region.

"As U.S. aviation and commercial space activity has grown in importance, so has aviation education. Increasingly, professional educators are looking to aerospace education to help them improve student math and science skills and to help them acquaintstudents with the growing career opportunities in the aerospace industry," DeHart noted.

After learning the skills to use the lesson plans, each educator will receive a free "Aviation in a Bag" kit to take back to the classroom. The kits are an FAA and Vintage Flying Museum effort developed with a grant from the Wolfe Aviation Fund.

Kits include ten hands-on lesson plans and all materials needed to complete the lessons. American Airlines and Tarrant County College Continuing Education, helped supply all the materials to complete the kits. The kits, designed for grades 3–6, are correlated with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the National Science Standards.