National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report

Other Educational Programs

Reeve Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh's daughter, Reeve Lindbergh, poses with the Spirit of St. Louis, which her father flew solo from New York to Paris in 1927. The airplane was on the floor for conservation treatment when Lindbergh appeared at the Museum for a "Reading is Fundamental" event. She is holding the book she wrote, Nobody Owns the Sky, which she read to children gathered for the event.
  • The Museum hosted elementary school students for Field Trip Days sponsored by Google. The students participated in activities throughout the Museum in Washington, DC.
    1,000 participants
  • The Museum supported the National Math Festival by putting a special emphasis on mathematics in all of its programming for one day.
    1,700 participants
  • The Udvar-Hazy Center held an "Hour of Code" event that engaged students in computer coding to increase awareness and build interest in computer programming.
  • National Robotics Week. The Museum in Washington, DC participated with activities that celebrated recent innovations in robotics.
  • Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, read her book, Nobody Owns the Sky, to children taking part in a "Reading is Fundamental" (RIF) program. RIF is the largest literacy non-profit in the United States.
  • This year, five sixth-grade science teachers and their 200 students investigated astronomy and planetary science through classroom activities, field trips, and teacher professional development under the Holt Scholars Program. The Holt Scholars Program is made possible through the generous support of The Hillside Foundation - Allan and Shelley Holt.
  • A new component to the Wright Brothers and The Invention of the Aerial Age online activity, Engineering the Wright Way, was launched in 2015 and helps students use engineering skills to design and test airplane wings based on the methods of the Wright brothers. Success is determined by how far they are able to electronically fly a Wright-inspired glider of their own design.

Interactive Video Conferences

  • STEM in 30 is an interactive classroom program consisting of 30-minute live webcasts that engage middle school students in STEM topics. Episodes are presented live online at least once a month during the school year, and archived sessions can be viewed any time.
    2,600 students viewed the live broadcasts in 2015, and 450 children watched the broadcasts live in the Museum.
    The Museum’s YouTube archive received 3,500 views, and the NASA YouTube archive received 37,000 views.
    STEM in 30 was made possible through the support of NASA, Boeing, Alcoa Foundation, The Gertrude E. Skelly Foundation, and Safran.
    This year’s STEM in 30 topics were:
    • Lighter, Stronger, Better: Composites
    • Space Junk: Fast Trash
    • Oh, You're Just Full of Hot Air: Hot Air Balloons and Air Pressure
    • WWI: How History Shaped Technology
    • Earth Day: Earthrise and Photography from Space
    • Living and Working in Space
    • Time and Navigation
    • Asteroid Redirect Mission
    • Mars
    • ISS: 15 years of Continuous Human Presence
    • Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Bicycle Guys
  • Education conducted eight Interactive Video Conferences on these topics: Extremophiles, Looking for Life Beyond Earth, Rockets, Propeller and Jet Planes, Exobiology, Orbital Motion, and Museum Conservation: Spacesuits.
    550 participants