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.… More
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.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
for all B-17 Donations.
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 email@example.com and let us know you want to receive the aviator.
Thank you to our generous donors and event sponsors. Your support provides opportunities for education for children around the state of Georgia, and gives us the ability to restore and preserve historical aircraft for future generations. Thank you to the following…
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
Howard & Marian Fraley
David & Lynn Morley
Steve Holcomb Jr.
Automotion Customs Inc.
Written By: Michael Rosario, Inspired to Educate
“In previous blog posts, we have discussed the necessity to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) especially in the United States. As our culture has become increasingly digital, we have coined this term of “digital natives” to describe the current generation of kids who grow up playing with IPads, cell phones and computers.
In conversations I have had with advocates of STEM education, some believe it’s important to get kids interested in learning about STEM topics before the 4th of 5th grade. Why? Around middle school, children start to form opinions about what is “cool” or “not cool.” Most kids put things like math, science and computer science into the “un-cool” category.
Mitch Resnick of the MIT media lab and his team of researchers have taken up the challenge of teaching kids to become fluent with technology. While we commonly call kids “digital natives,” Mitch challenges us to take students to the next level. Students should not be passive consumers of knowledge and entertainment. In Mr. Resnick’s view, digital natives should have the ability to make and create technology. In an increasingly digital world, he suggests that students should develop a basic fluency in computer programming and gain a sense of how software works.
I really admire the work he and his team have done on Scratch, a computer programming environment created for kids. It’s designed to be very fun and interactive. Using Scratch, students can create very dynamic interactive experiences and games by simply connecting puzzle pieces together. Many of these student experiences are not trivial to code using traditional programming tools. In the following TED talk, Mr. Resnick describes his passion for teaching kids to appreciate computer programming and how Scratch works.
I really appreciate that Scratch helps kids to have fun with math. Without a doubt, tools like Scratch are encouraging students to become creative. Creativity is such a precious skill that we need to promote to our students. With tools like Scratch, students are getting a fun introduction to design thinking and systems thinking.
Things don’t always work out well when you’re programming in Scratch or any other programming environment. You have to learn how to work through bugs and imperfections. Mr. Resnick suggests that students who use Scratch learn a sense of persistence. Since students engaged in getting their game or their creative project working, they naturally start asking questions, find answers, and learn to work through problems.
I love Mr. Resnick’s closing idea. Teaching kids to code is not about programming itself. It’s about promoting creativity, curiosity, teaching persistence, and giving young people a sense of how they can create technology. All of these fluencies are needed in our rapidly changing world.
Please visit the following links to learn more about Mitch Resnick and his research. I have also included other links related to teaching computer programming to kids and teens.
- Mitch Resnick: http://web.media.mit.edu/~mres/
- Scratch: http://scratch.mit.edu/
- 5 reasons to love Khan academy for computer science
- 5 fun learning experiences with Legos
“Inventors Workshop” series at the Museum of Aviation
In 2017, Check out the “Inventors Workshop” series at the Museum of Aviation. We’ve designed these workshops to introduce young makers to engineering and tinkering with code, digital fabrication, and robotics. Through making and tinkering, participants will learn S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) skills using their hands, grow their creativity and become more curious about their world and test the limits of what is possible.
A big thank you to Michael Rosario for this wonderful and educating blog. To learn more about our Guest Blogger, Michael Rosario, you can visit his website here.
To view all upcoming events and workshops at the Museum of Aviation, click here!
November began with the difficult task of removing almost all of the aircraft and exhibits from the main floor of the Century of Flight building in preparation of the floor being resurfaced. This task involved towing aircraft and engines, removing large parts of exhibits, and driving a reluctant fire engine out of the hangar.
With the hangar almost empty, floor crews came in to transform the well worn floor into something that lends a pristine light to the space. With the floors completed, our team now has the task of replacing all aircraft and exhibits.
In addition to the floor project, our Restoration team continued work on the B-17 and the HU-16 Albatross, along with keeping up with general Museum maintenance. Take a look below to see what has been accomplished.
There are numerous ways to support Museum programs, community events, and restoration efforts throughout the year, but the Annual Fund is the most simple way to donate. The Annual Fund also gives you a chance to make a last minute write off for your 2017 taxes, while propelling the Museum into the upcoming year. Click to view the Annual Fund Donation site, or click here to read our Annual Fund letter, and see how your donations continue to help us benefit communities around the state of Georgia.
This year Planes & Trains had to be relocated to the Eagle Building due to the floors being remodeled in Century of Flight. This gave us the opportunity to “ride the rails” around the F-15 and through scenic villages. Click the here to see the full video on YouTube.
November’s hottest social media trend was the Mannequin Challenge. After seeing some creative videos, our staff thought doing the challenge at the Museum would be a great way to showcase our aircraft, exhibits, and our upcoming Winter Wonderfest. Even Rosie the Riveter made an appearance during the video. Take a look.
Ever wanted to attend our Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, but wasn’t sure if it was for you? Click here to read an honest review of Ho Ho Homicide, then keep an eye on our
website and Facebook pages for the next Murdery Mystery Dinner Theatre.