Schools Take Flight for Centennial. (Curriculum Update: The Latest Developments in Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies)
Lorenzetti, Jennifer Patterson, District Administration
With the centennial of the Wright brothers' first powered flight coming up in December 2003, many educators are looking to inject flight into their lessons. From complete curricula to work shops and grants, a number of cross-curricular resources are available to prepare teachers and administrators.
Coming out of Dayton, Ohio, is the Inventing Flight curriculum. "Students study the physical science of control, lift and power" while learning about the history of flight, says Dave Frech of ThinkTV: Greater Dayton Public Television, the producer of the curriculum. The curriculum uses video, DVD multimedia exercises and online activities to teach middle-grade students the physical science, historical basis and problem-solving skills that were necessary for humans to take to the air.
"The Wright brothers took a different approach from their contemporaries when learning to fly," says William Roess, COO of Inventing Flight. "We believe that this curriculum not Only allows students the opportunity to explore the concepts behind powered flight, but also the ingenuity behind the discovery." Roess says he expects the lessons to "have a shelf life of five to 10 years."
The curiculum is being distributed free to all school districts in Ohio, and districts elsewhere can purchase it for $295.
Of course, when one thinks of flight, one thinks of NASA. …