For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 11-01
July 19, 2001
Contact: Debra Myers
Phone: (817) 222-5833

FORT WORTH — Thirty-one area educators will get a flying start in learning how to use aerospace education as a classroom motivator this week at a workshop offered by the Vintage Flying Museum, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Continental Airlines, and Tarrant County College (TCC), Northwest Campus. This year's theme is "Celebrating a Century of Flight," and special presenters will focus on the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight on December 17, 1903.

The program, starting Tuesday, June 26–29, lets participants experience a wide range of hands-on aerospace activities and field trips. Academics include principles of flight and how to incorporate aerospace as a thematic approach to motivate students’ interest in math and science and other areas of the curriculum. The program will end on Friday when each educator will receive 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 free curriculum to take back to the classroom as well as many aviation resource materials donated by the aviation community. Special guest presenter, Dr. Gordon Schimmel, Superintendent of Schools in Storr, Conn, is a member of the Dayton 2003 – Inventing Flight Committee. In honor of the 100-year anniversary in 2003, this group has developed curriculum using the Wright Brother's inventions.

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) 222-5833 or Chuckie Hospers, Vintage Flying Museum, (817) 624-1935.