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The Museum of Aviation Foundation Needs Your Help!

Museum of Aviation Foundation Wish Lists!

The Museum of Aviation Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the Museum of Aviation and provides education programs to visitors and schools.  As a nonprofit, we are always in need of volunteers and in-kind donations.  

If you are interested in helping, you can learn more about how you can help the Museum of Aviation Foundation below or by clicking here.

Wishlist

Education Wish List: 

  • On July 25, 2016, the Education Center began demolition on our 3rd-5th grade, ACE classroom!  We are looking for donors and sponsors to help with the new renovations and updates.  We will need new tables, funding for upgrading the lighting and the walls, manual labor, and a few other things.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Valerie Myers in the Education Center.  
  • General Supplies for all classes and workshops: *Items in bold are in high demand
    • Legal Pads
    • Copy Paper
    • HP61 Ink & HP128 Toner
    • Pens & Pencils
    • Washable Markers
    • Binder Clips (All sizes)
    • Used ink cartridges (not toner) for our recycling program
    • Sponsors for our Educator Resource Kits for STEM support throughout our community
      • The kits will be free for educators and community mentors to check out for use in the classroom and during any STEM event!  Sponsors will have their name and logo proudly displayed on each kit!
    • Sponsors for our Digital Displays to help us cut back on paper!
      • Email Valerie Myers for a complete wish list: vgill@museumofaviation.org

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Museum of Aviation is looking for individuals who would like to spend four hours each week working as a volunteer in the exciting atmosphere of U.S. Air Force Aviation History.

Each exhibit building has a visitor desk where volunteers welcome and greet the visitors in the Museum. The volunteers are there to assist visitors any way necessary. They also walk the floors of the Museum while visitors are present to help keep an eye on exhibits and see to the needs of the visitors.

Volunteer shifts that are needed:

  • Saturday mornings (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Sunday mornings (9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Tuesday afternoons (1:00 – 5:00 pm)
  • Thursday afternoons (1:00 – 5:00 pm)

For more information contact Dan Hart, Volunteer Program Administrator at 926-4242 or email dan.hart@museumofaviation.org.

B-17 Wish List:

We Currently Need Funding For:

De-paint                     Cradle for     

$2,500                     Restoration                                  $1,500

 

Oxygen Tanks        Exterior Lights

$150 each                $50 each

Contact Christin McFarland at

c.mcfarland@museumofaviation.org

for all B-17 Donations.

Thank You

We would like to recognize those who have aided us this year.

Thank you to…

Andy Thomas – State Farm Insurance
Burgess Pigment Co.
Butler, Williams, & Wyche, LLP
Spherion Staffing
State Rep. & Mrs. Robert Dickey
Elbit Systems of America
Flint Energies
Georgia Military College
Robins Financial Credit Union
State Senator & Mrs. Ross Tolleson
State Bank & trust
Vein Specialist of the South
Walmart – Booth Road
The Wire Shop, Inc.
Central Georgia Technical College
JBOD Tech
iHeart Media
Warner Robins Supply
Bailey Family Foundation
Mr. Winn Baker
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Belisle
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Benton
Mr. Walter Bohdt
Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Butler
Ms. Carolyn Crayton
Mr. Brian Follensbee
Mr. Arthur Gordon
Mr. & Mrs. Murray Hansen
Lt. Col Ret. John Harley
Mr. Kevin Haywood
Mr. Rob Hicks
Dr. Stephan Holcomb
Mr. Steve Holcomb, Jr.
Mr. Jeffrey King
Dr. Todd Kinnebrew
Mr. Steven Kirchoff
Ms. Emily Myers
Gen. Lori Robinson
Lt. Col Ret. Ernest Smallman
Mr. Willard Stembridge
Mr. Lee Talley
Mr. Bob Walker
Mr. Gregory Ziesenhene

In Review

As 2016 came to a close, Museum of Aviation Foundation staff looked back on all that had been accomplished, and knew that we wanted to keep the momentum going in 2017. This meant that our first three events, which were just about back to back, were something to remember. Beginning with our Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K, we set our standards high, and really looked at what runners wanted. With a sponsorship from Clif Bar, pizza from My Father’s Place and Little Caesars, and donations from Coca Cola, Kroger, Walmart, and Publix32327012366_bb4f1c49c4_b-2, our runners were well fueled before and after their race. Moisture wicking shirts from Ibalz were wellreceived, and thanks to Jim Rainey, Race Director from Georgia Multisports, Volunteer Coordinator, MSgt. Amanda McCullough, and Security Police Officer, SSgt. Samuel Harrison our racers had a safe run around Robins AFB.  Thank you also to David Collins Photography for sunning pictures of the event.

The second event of the year was our annual Winter Wonderfest. Each year thousands get a thrill from the chilly snow tubes, enjoy bounce houses, and dine on the best of food truck fare.

This year we upped our offerings, and brought in a zip line and snow play. Kids of all ages soared through the sky, made snow angels, and bounced to their hearts delight while visitors took a walk through our Eagle building to see what our vendors had for sale this year. Soaps, jewelry, woodcarvings, baked goods, and more gave our guests a wide range of things to purchase. Smiling faces were the best part of the weekend, and we look forward to making doing it again next year.

Our third event was our first ever Breakaway Gala. A 1920’s themed B-17 benefit, the Breakaway Gala mixed old and new into an authentic 20’s event. Guests dined on

appetizers from Maddox Catering, snapped pictures in front of the B-17 and a vintage automobile, and danced the Charleston to some of their favorite tunes, mixed by DJ X-One. During the evening, we honored our friend and B-17 pilot, Crawford Hicks, who celebrated his 96th birthday that weekend. We are thankful to those who came out to show love to the B-17, and enjoy an evening at the Museum.

March at the Museum is bringing more changes to events and our campus. New audio visual capabilities are being installed, and our annual Scott Golf tournament will be held at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. In addition to these events, our Education Department will hold their Coding & Programming course, Educator Workshop, and Spring Into STEM program. For more information on what is coming up, keep an eye on our website, and  Facebook .

The Education Center at the Museum of Aviation

Did you know that the Museum of Aviation Foundation, Inc. operates the Education Center at the Museum of Aviation?  The Education Center operates 5 major programs, and serves an average of 50,000 students and teachers a year through its hands-on STEM and History focused programs.  Field trips, STEM Labs, Summer Camps, and other educational special events are held throughout the year for participants as young as 4 years old.

The Aviation Heritage Center is home to the Museum’s Guided Tour programs as well as birthday parties, scouts programs, and special history programs like the WWII Outreach program and the GA Studies Tour.  Each year, Ms. James, the history program coordinator, makes a special visit to local retirement centers to spend time with veterans and coordinates many veteran focused tours at the Museum.

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The National STEM Academy operates STEM focused programs for schools and individuals throughout the year.  Programs are offered to Pre K – 12th grade students and vary per theme and grade level.  Computer classes, the Mission Quest Flight Simulation program, ACE, and specialized STEM summer camps are just a few of the offerings each year.  All classes feature hands-on activities for students and promote workforce development opportunities in STEM careers.  Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are always available.

Offering something for everyone is what the Education Center strives for.  With the STEM Training Academy for Teachers (STAT), the Education Center completes the circle, offering classes for adults and educators as well as internship opportunities for college students.  It’s home to Georgia’s NASA Regional Educator Resource Center that holds monthly professional development workshops and offers free resources to teachers for use in their classrooms.

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Rounding out the five programs are STARBASE Robins and GYSTC.  STARBASE Robins is part of the premiere Department of Defense STARBASE STEM Program.  The program engages students through its inquiry-based curriculum with its “hands-on, mind-on” experiential activities. The goal is to motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they continue their education.  During each student’s 25 hours of instruction, they are introduced to many STEM concepts and skills as well as 3D modeling and 3D printing.  STARBASE ROBINS programs include its signature fifth grade program as well as its STARBASE 2.0 Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program, summer academies and robotics tournaments.

GYSTC or Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center is available for K – 8th grade students and teachers. Student outreach programs and teacher professional development programs at member elementary and middle school sites are offered.  GYSTC partners with the Georgia Department of Education, business/industry leaders and local member schools to feature Family Science Nights, the STARLAB portable planetarium, teacher training workshops and student workshops.

With so much to offer the Middle GA community, it’s impossible to cover it all in one article, but we have tried to give you a synopsis of what you can expect from the Museum of Aviation’s Education Center.  Visit their website anytime to get detailed information on the different field trips and programs that they offer and check out the Summer Camp classes coming up while you’re there!

The Aviator

Looking to learn more about the Museum of Aviation? Look no further than our monthly newsletter, The Aviator. This newsletter gives you an in depth look at our restoration efforts, events, venues, Museum supporters, and more. Take a look below for a preview of The Aviator, and if you would like to subscribe, just email us at information@museumofaviation.org and let us know you want to receive the aviator.
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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank You

Thank you for aiding us in maintaining quality exhibits, providing fantastic programs, and restoring historical aircraft.  We would like to thank the following donors for doing their part to keep our Museum growing.

Jeff Smith Automotive

Walter Keel                            

Arthur MacDonald                                   

Howard & Marian Fraley   

Mercer University                                    

Tom McMichael

David & Lynn Morley                               

Rubye Vadini 

Michael Harris                                           

Steve Holcomb Jr.

John Harley                                                 

Automotion Customs Inc.

Carolyn Crayton                                        

Warren Faircloth

Bernard Parker                                          

Andrew Greenwood

Henry Personius