For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 17-00
June 26, 2000
Contact: Debra Myers
Phone: (817) 222-5878

FORT WORTH — Area educators get a flying start in aviation and space education this week at an Aviation and Space Education Academy offered as a community service by the Vintage Flying Museum, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Continental Airlines, 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 today 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 is a comprehensive look at NASA's space program presented by a NASA education specialist. Aviation professionals will be on hand to discuss career opportunities.

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 Ruth Leverenz, Regional Administrator, FAA Southwest Region.

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

Assignment Editors, Aviation, Space and Education Reporters Note:

With local aviation as a rich backdrop, the workshop activities are highly visual, featuring a diverse mix of presenters and educators. Media interested in covering workshop activities should contact Debra Myers, FAA, at 817-222-5878 or Chuckie Hospers, Vintage Flying Museum, 817-624-1935.

Workshop Activities:

  • Monday, June 26 – at TCC, Bldg. B2, Optimum Room, Northwest Campus
    • 10:15 a.m. Aviation Career Panel Discussion
    • 12:30 p.m. Ground School 101
  • Tuesday, June 27, at TCC, Bldg. B2, Optimum Room, Northwest Campus
    • 8:30 a.m. Hands-on "Aviation in a Bag" Lesson Plan demonstrations
    • 12:30 p.m. NASA hands-on space activities
  • Wednesday, June 28
    • 8:00 a.m. Tour 301st Fighter Wing at NAS/JRB (Carswell)
    • 10:00 p.m. Tour Lockheed — Martin
    • 12:30 p.m. NASA hands-on space activities
  • Thursday, June 29
    • 8:30 Tour DFW Tower and TRACON
    • 10:30 Tour Southwest Airlines (behind the scenes tour)
  • Friday, June 30, Vintage Flying Museum, 505 NW 38th Street, Hangar 33 South (Meacham Airport), Fort Worth
    • 7:45 a.m. Flight briefing, airplane and helicopter rides; Tour vintage aircraft
    • 10:00 a.m. Hangar talk with WW II aviators
    • 1:00 a.m. Graduation ceremony