National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report


STEM in 30
During the August episode of STEM in 30, Museum geographer Andrew Johnston explains why pendulum clocks would not work for navigation on ships. With him is Beth Wilson, one of the STEM in 30 hosts, and two young assistants from the audience.

The number of educational experiences provided through educational programming at the Museum is extraordinary, totaling more than one million for the Museum’s recurring programs and countless more for its family days and other events.

These figures come from special day-long events and regularly scheduled educational activities like astronomical observing, stories, art projects, docent-led tours, hands-on learning at Discovery Stations, classroom learning labs, theater presentations, science demonstrations, interactive video conferences, and teacher training.

Unique in 2015 were the Innovations in Flight Family Day, a newly rebranded version of Become a Pilot Day; Google Fieldtrip Days for elementary students; a book reading by Charles Lindbergh’s daughter, Reeve Lindbergh; and the Fly-In to Victory Day in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The Museum's approach to education encompasses programs for school students, preschoolers, teachers, families, everyday visitors, and groups across the country reached through video and internet broadcasts. The Education Department stresses STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math), as well as the history of aviation and spaceflight, in its programming.