National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report

Spotlight

"Explainers" Program Expands with GE Aviation Sponsorship

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Explainer Katlin Haynes shows the gyro wheel to visitor Earl Cox III in the Museum's How Things Fly gallery.

GE Aviation has donated $5 million to allow the Museum to expand its "Explainers" program over the next five years. The donation will also help establish the Electronic Outreach Explainers, who will engage with schools through online video conferencing. Initially, these online conferences will be presented exclusively in selected public schools in Cincinnati. GE Aviation's support of this 18-month Electronic Outreach Explainers pilot program includes training for Explainers who work behind a camera, along with instruction on teaching and conducting interactive demonstrations in front of a live classroom audience.

Explainers are paid part-time staff — high school and college students who perform educational demonstrations in Museum galleries and assist with events such as family days. Explainers serve at both buildings to interpret exhibitions and staff educational stations, focusing on the science of flight; the study of planets and the universe; and STEM concepts. The GE sponsorship will double the number of Explainer positions and increase onsite coverage at the Udvar-Hazy Center beyond just weekends.