The Museum offers a variety of teacher
workshops that can be customized to meet staff development
needs and schedules of the participating organization.
All workshops support National Education Standards and
can be adapted for local curricula.Workshops include
hands-on, interactive learning, content experts and
classroom-tested lessons. In-service and graduate credit
can be arranged.
The participating organization is responsible for organizing
and registering teachers. Minimum class size is 10;
maximum enrollment per class is 25 teachers. Fees vary
based on number of participants, topic and length of
To discuss your staff development needs, call Educational
Services at the National Air and Space Museum, (202) 633-2540.
Mail to Airlines: Changes in Air Transportation
Teachers of grades 3-5
Introduce your students to the changes air transportation
through lively classroom activities and stories that
will bring the past to life while challenging students'
mapping and sequencing skills. The workshop is designed
as a companion to transportation units in the curriculum,
but the lessons can also be used in preparation for
hands-on activities during a Museum visit.
Wings: African Americans in Aviation, 1920 to the Present
Teachers of grades 6-10
Explore the challenges and successes met by black aviators
as they joined the growing field of aviation. Participants
will analyze primary source materials, discuss issues
and events of WWII with experts in the field, and sample
classroom lessons that support National Standards in
History and Language Arts.
Teachers of grades 3-5 or 6-9
Find out the latest scientific discoveries from current
research missions. Learn what the scientists know and
how they conduct their research. Study the tools of
planetary research, and analyze the images and data
Teachers of grades 5-8 or 9-12
Investigate how our view of the universe has changed
over time and how the tools we use to study the universe
have also change. Find out the latest research on overcoming
student misconceptions related to cosmology and prepare
them to comprehend our current understanding of the
universe. Participants will receive prototype activities
designed to support the new exhibition, scheduled to
open in 2001.
Things Fly: The Science of Flight
Teachers of grades 6-10
Experiment with hands-on, inquiry-based activities
that address the National Science Education Standards
on force, motion, and energy transfer. Discover how
these concepts apply to flight. Participants will explore
the interactive devices in the "How Things Fly" gallery,
study aircraft in the Museum that illustrate the technology
and learn how to address these topics in the classroom.
on Earth: Remote Sensing to Monitor the Environment
Teachers of Grades 9-12
Use remote sensing technology to study large-scale
environmental features, such as volcanoes, dunes and
floods. Participants practice hands-on investigations
modeled after scientific research conducted by the Center
for Earth and Planetary Studies, a research center located
in the Museum. Participants receive field-tested lessons
and resources for obtaining satellite images.
Teaching with Primary Sources
Teachers of Grades 4-12
Learn new ways to help your students understand the historical process by delving into primary source materials – documents, photographs, objects and oral histories. Using sources from the vast collections of the Museum, explore various history topics of your choice. Possible topics include the Wright Brothers and other innovators in flight, the impact of technology on society, space exploration and more.
Problem Solving with the Wright Brothers
Teachers of Grades 3-8
How did the Wright Brothers apply their knowledge of bicycles and engineering to solve the challenge of flying? This workshop is designed to introduce the physics of flight through hands-on activities that illustrate how wings and propellers work, what true flight is, and the process of invention.