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 and let us know you want to receive the aviator.

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

Guest Blog: Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code That No One Is Talking About

Written By: Michael Rosario, Inspired to Educate

Scratch - Teaching kids to code

“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.

Related Links:

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.

“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.

Learn more here.

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!

Restoration Update for November

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.

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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.

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Annual Fund Drive

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.

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Planes & Trains, Mannequin Challenge, and a Mystery to Die For.



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 mannequin-rosieChallenge.  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.