U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
National Plan For the Centennial of Flight Commemoration


Section 5 - Educational and Cultural Programs

Centennial of Flight Commission

Materials developed for classroom use:
The Centennial of Flight Commission developed two educational posters in cooperation with the Education Division at NASA Headquarters featuring the accomplishments of the Wright brothers. The activities on the backs of the posters provide hands-on experiences for students relating to some of the scientific and engineering processes the Wright brothers used. For example, one activity challenges educators and students to research and design a poster representing the history of aviation and aerospace in their state. A second activity suggests students create a calendar with information about significant people, places and historical aviation and aerospace events that have taken place in their state. The posters are available online from NASA at spacelink.nasa.gov/products. They are also available on the Centennial of Flight Commission's Web site, www.centennialofflight.gov/education/posters.htm.

A bookmark has been developed that features the Centennial of Flight Commission's Web site. The back of the bookmark includes several activities that are designed to encourage educators and students to explore the various educational components of the Web site and to research, plan and participate in their own centennial of flight activities and events. The bookmark is available on the Centennial of Flight Commission's Web site.

The Centennial of Flight Commission's Web site is host to many educational resources organized in an educational resources matrix. The matrix was designed to help educators and students quickly find information. Currently, more than 50 aviation and aerospace related organizations and associations are represented. The educational resources have been organized into categories and include information about careers, museums, curriculum products, grants, scholarships, competitions, etc. The matrix will be expanded to incorporate additional organizations, associations and institutions that have developed educational materials and information relevant to the centennial of flight and the history of aviation and space flight. The surface of the matrix contains nearly 1,000 links.

In fiscal year 2000, a contractor was selected by the Centennial of Flight Commission's staff to research, write and illustrate a large number of narrative essays describing significant events in aviation history. The essays will be arranged in chronological order. A set of dictionary entries of persons, places and things highly relevant to the history of aviation and aeronautics is also being developed as a companion piece. Each essay will include photographic or graphic images depicting the subject of the essay. All of the material will be cross-referenced and searchable. Bibliographic suggestions for further investigation will be provided. The essays are being designed for classroom use and each essay will be aligned with at least two of the national K-12 education standards at the 9-12 level in mathematics, science, technology, geography and/or history. One third of the project will be on the Web site by December 2001. The next portion is expected to be available in Spring 2002, and the final segment should be released in Fall 2002.

A partnership has been formed among the Centennial of Flight Commission, NASA's Offices of Human Resources and Education and Aerospace Technology, and the U.S. Department of Education to develop a 100th Anniversary of Flight Participation Guide. The guide will target kindergarten through secondary levels and will focus on the Wright brothers, the history of aviation, technological benefits of aerospace research and how it has changed our world, and future aviation and aerospace research. The activities in the guide will be designed to stimulate interest in mathematics, science and engineering careers, and will support the national education standards. The guide and its supporting activities will be disseminated broadly online.

A member of the Centennial of Flight Commission's staff serves as a judge for the Federation Aeronautique Internationale's Young Artists' Contest. This aviation-oriented, international contest is for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 17. The contest rules and winning entries can be viewed at www.fai.org/education.

Conferences and Symposiums:
The Centennial of Flight Commission is charged with playing a leading role in encouraging and publicizing activities related to the achievements of the Wright brothers and a century of powered flight. The Centennial of Flight Commission staff has participated in numerous conferences and seminars to date and will continue to promote national and international participation in the centennial of flight by exhibiting and speaking at conferences, seminars and symposiums. In addition, the Centennial of Flight Commission staff is supporting the individual initiatives of each Centennial of Flight Commission Commissioner's host organization, partnership organizations and Centennial of Flight affiliates.

Calendar of Events:
The Centennial of Flight Commission's "Calendar of Events" hosts a broad array of events related to the centennial of flight and the history of aviation. The events are classified into one of the following categories: Air Show, Fly-In, Fair or Festival, Educational Activity, Convention, Exhibit, Symposium, Open House or Air Race. The calendar has a "Submit an Event" feature and is searchable by date, event type, event title or location.

Publication of Popular and Scholarly Work:
The Centennial of Flight Commission has entered into an agreement with the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. Under this agreement, the Library of Congress will revise and update "Wilbur and Orville Wright: A Bibliography" (Washington, Library of Congress, 1968). A total of 2,055 biographic entries were delivered to the Centennial of Flight Commission for use on the Centennial of Flight Commission's Web site.

The Centennial of Flight Commission's Web site provides its users with authoritative sources concerning the Wright brothers and the history of aviation and aerospace. Many valuable references are on the site now. In addition, there will be a periodic call for solicitations of scholarly and authentic materials that can be used to further enhance the Centennial of Flight Commission's Web site.

Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003

Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration, July 3 - 20, 2003:
The objective of this event is to celebrate the impact of the Wright brothers' invention on society and shine a spotlight on Dayton, the "Birthplace of Aviation." There will be an 18-day series of action packed events and activities staged throughout the Dayton area's aviation heritage resources aimed at families, aviation enthusiasts and cultural heritage tourists. This will be produced by Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003, along with numerous program partners. It will have the following schedule:

Commissioned New Symphonic Works:
The objective of this event is to inspire audiences through the creation of four new symphonic works based on the theme of flight. This will be produced by the Dayton Philharmonic and will premiere during the 2002-2003 performing arts season. A concert of all four works will take place in May 2003.

Wright Brothers Photography Exhibit:
This event will capture the excitement of early aviation by sharing never before seen photographic and popular art images with the public. The exhibit will be produced by the Dayton Art Institute and will be in: Paris, June 2003; Dayton, Summer 2003; and at the First Flight Pavilion, Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Fall 2003.

Inventing Flight Class of 2003:
The objective is to inspire 35 students from the Greater Dayton area high school class of 2003 to become the next leaders of the Greater Dayton area. Sponsored by Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003, this program will be ongoing through 2003.

Inventing Flight Curriculum:
The objective of this program is to inspire middle school students by leading them through the same discovery process the Wright brothers underwent in building the first successful powered aircraft. There will be a Teachers Guide, including 15 lesson plans with hands-on activities; multimedia accompaniments that include short videos and compact discs with additional background information; and demonstration activities. It will be authored by Gordon Schimmel, C. T. Storrs, and ThinkTV multimedia producers of Dayton. Field testing was completed during 2000-2001. Multimedia production is in progress, and distribution will begin in 2002 for the 2002-2003 school year.

"The Story of Flight":
The objective of "The Story of Flight" is to inspire students and families through an exciting multi-dimensional medium and the story of the Wright brothers. The DigistarÓ planetarium production and accompanying teachers guide will be built on the Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003 Curriculum materials. It will be produced by Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton and will be available for distribution during 2002 for the 2002-2003 school year.

"Birds, Flight and the Wrights":
The objective is to explore natural flight and the way it inspired the Wright brothers' development of powered flight. The Aullwood Audubon Center of Dayton will develop a teachers guide and organize field trips for the 2002-2003 school year.

Commissioned New Choreographed Works:
The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will inspire audiences through the creation of four choreographed modern dance works based on the theme of flight. One dance work will premiere each year leading up to the centennial and all four will be taken on tour during the centennial year of 2003.

First Flight Centennial Foundation

The First Flight Centennial Foundation's educational and cultural programming is focused in outreach and special events.


Material developed for classroom use:
The NASA Office of Education, along with the other NASA Enterprises, is producing curriculum materials, programs and resources relative to the centennial of flight. These include posters, Web sites, exhibits and publications written for elementary and secondary school audiences and beyond. In addition, the Enterprises have been working with the Centennial of Flight Commission on a participation guide for educators. Activities include:


The FAA has developed and will provide educational material for classroom use. Publication of scholarly or popular work is under consideration.

National Air and Space Museum

Subject to funding availability, the National Air and Space Museum plans to develop a variety of educational products and programs for the centennial and the opening of the Udvar-Hazy Center located at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia.


Other Activities:

First Flight Centennial Commission

The mission of the First Flight Centennial Commission includes establishing and encouraging educational programs that help individuals of every age to learn and understand more about the history of flight, North Carolina's contributions and the impact of flight. More information about the programs listed below can be found on the First Flight Centennial Commission's Web site, www.firstflightnc.com.

International Symposium on Flight:
The Commission hosted a major symposium on flight in October 2001 for national and international audiences. There were 22 national and state organizations that co-sponsored the symposium. Published proceedings will be forthcoming. A concurrent Centennial Workshop for Teachers was held in conjunction with the international symposium.

First Flight Centennial Schools:
The Commission has created the First Flight Centennial Schools program for elementary and middle schools throughout North Carolina that will continue until the end of the 2003-2004 school year. In preparation for the centennial celebration, educators are encouraged to incorporate aerospace education into their classroom. Students learn about the Wright brothers' achievements, milestones in aviation, aerospace history and careers in aviation. The First Flight Centennial Commission has developed a Teacher Resource Guide and periodic newsletter, and has partnered with NASA and other organizations to provide teachers with resources in aerospace education. In addition, the annual Centennial Teacher of the Year program awards $1,000 to the winning teacher and an additional $1,000 to their school. This program is fully endorsed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Class of 2003:
The First Flight Centennial Commission's Class of 2003 was formed in early 1997 to serve as a flagship educational initiative for the centennial observance. The initial membership came from seventh graders in the eight educational districts of North Carolina. The Class of 2003 has a counterpart group in Dayton, Ohio that is sponsored by Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003. The two organizations plan to host an annual educational experience in the summer for the two classes, including trips to Dayton, the Outer Banks and NASA Space Camp.

The First Flight Centennial Commission is sponsoring or co-sponsoring several publications, including:

National Park Service, Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina

The National Park Service's visitor center at Wright Brothers National Memorial contains a small museum and an auditorium with reproductions of the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer and 1902 Glider. Presentations by park staff are given hourly in the auditorium year round with alternative programming offered in the summer months. Self-guided tours of the grounds include: the site of the original first powered flights on December 17, 1903; reproductions of the Wright's 1903 camp buildings; and Big Kill Devil Hill, a stabilized sand dune upon which the Wright brothers experimented with their various gliders and the home of the 60 foot high Wright Monument. School and commercial tour groups may schedule programs by calling the park Visitor Center.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park plans to open new facilities or expand existing interpretive visitor facilities at all four units of the National Park in 2002-2003. These include the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum located at the Wright Cycle Company building complex; the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center located at the Wright Memorial at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; and the John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center located at Carillon Historical Park. The Ohio Historical Society will be expanding the visitor facilities at the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial. In addition, the National Park Service will continue to operate The Wright Cycle Company building and will rehabilitate the Hoover Block where the Wright brothers operated their print shop from 1890-1895. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will rehabilitate the Huffman Prairie Flying Field removing non-historic features, restoring missing historic features, improving visitor access and installing interpretive media. The Ohio Historical Society will restore the Paul Laurence Dunbar House and associated barn.

One of the purposes of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is to provide educational programming. Park staff has developed two educational curriculum guides for educators. One is for students in grades 4-6 titled, "From Wheel to Wing," and one is for secondary students titled, "The Wright Story." Both curriculum guides incorporate state proficiency standards and curriculum. The guides were made available through the Park Web site in August 2001. An additional educational curriculum guide is being prepared by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for Huffman Prairie Flying Field and will be available in summer 2002.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and their industry partners are collaborating on an ambitious campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of flight, recognize the achievements of the men and women who made history, and lay the groundwork for the next 100 years of innovation in aviation and space technology. Their plans include the following:

The International Air and Space Symposium and Exposition. The Next 100 Years.
July 14 - 17, 2003, Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, Ohio:

In celebration of their achievement and the legacy of other pioneers in aviation and space, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences will host the International Air and Space Symposium and Exposition. The mission of the symposium is to move the aerospace industry forward in the 21st century, promoting the establishment of long lasting initiatives that will benefit the world community while highlighting the importance of aerospace research. The symposium will provide an international forum for the historic celebration of flight and bring together leaders of the world aerospace community to shape a common vision for the future. A series of special events in conjunction with the symposium will be coordinated between the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, International Council of Aeronautical Sciences, Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton Air Show.

1903 Wright Flyer Centennial Tour and Exposition:
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is proud to be working with the Los Angeles Section on the creation of a flying replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that will tour the country. The tour, which is expected to reach over 500,000 people, will offer historical information about the Wright Flyer. The tour will also provide inspirational and educational outreach to enhance public awareness of the centennial and promote the benefits of aerospace research and development.

The tour will kick off in Los Angeles, Calif., in October 2002, beginning with stops at various school and industry venues. The tour will continue with stops at the World Space Congress 2002 in Houston, Texas; the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.; the Festival of Flight in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Rockwell Collins 70th Anniversary Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the Dayton Air Show in Ohio; Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, Calif.; and Edwards Air Force Base Open House in Calif. Other stops are forthcoming. The tour will include interactive activities, appearances by pioneers in aviation and space, educational handouts, information on the Evolution of Flight Campaign and much more.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Section and Student Branch Activities:
To ensure the largest possible participation in centennial activities, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is supporting special projects developed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Sections and Student Branches commemorating the 100th anniversary of flight. Some sections are planning flight demonstrations; others are organizing local conferences focused on cutting edge technologies. These events will provide an opportunity for local sections, student branches and individuals to embrace the celebration and generate more enthusiasm for the aerospace profession. Funding for approved programs has already begun and will continue through 2003.

Class of 2003 Ambassadors:
The next generation of pioneers is already here. Supported by the Evolution of Flight Campaign, a group of 20 high school students from around the world are participating in an array of aerospace and educational activities designed to energize and excite them about careers in aerospace.

In 1999, the Ambassadors participated in the Global Air and Space Conference and Space Day in Washington, D.C., and toured the Boeing facility in Seattle, Wash. Last year, trips to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Advanced Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala., the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Experimental Aircraft Association Air Academy, and the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., had the students taking part in a variety of hands-on workshops and leadership activities. Other trips will be announced later in the year.

Now, the Ambassadors are taking their enthusiasm back to their schools and communities. The programs they have developed and in which they have participated are raising public awareness of the centennial of flight and encouraging other students to pursue interests in science and technology.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards:
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards are designed to recognize the achievements and support the contributions of tomorrow's aerospace professionals. Beginning annually in 2002, four $10,000 awards will be presented to graduate level students participating in aeronautical or aerospace research endeavors in fulfillment of their engineering or science studies.

Evolution of Flight Distinguished Lecture Series:
Beginning in 2002-2003, corporate partners will have the opportunity to nominate speakers to participate in an enhanced American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Distinguished Lecture Series exclusively focused on the evolution of flight. Lecturers will visit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics local sections and student branches and talk about the past, present and future of aerospace technology.

Learn-To-Fly Scholarships:
In the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics mission to excite youth about flight, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will award several aspiring pilots and astronauts with Learn-to-Fly Scholarships in 2003. Guidelines are currently under development.

In conjunction with the Evolution of Flight Campaign, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is working with the aerospace community on a series of traditional and multimedia publications that will document distinguished contributions to aviation and space and offer views on the history of our industry.

Publications available in 2003 include:

Aviation Week's The Next Century of Flight

The Next Century of Flight puts an extra emphasis on education to inspire young people to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace. The Next Century of Flight has launched a global education initiative under the established LIFTOFF! brand. LIFTOFF! is a curriculum support program which was launched in partnership with McGraw-Hill Education and Scientific Research Associates in the 1990s. Under the Next Century of Flight, LIFTOFF! is being re-energized and anchored by the Next Century of Flight Channel at www.AviationNow.com. The Next Century of Flight Channel connects the LIFTOFF! program to more than 900,000 user sessions per month, and features Aviation Week and McGraw-Hill Education content, as well as links to partner content and additional curriculum sources. Through its affiliation with Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, the Next Century of Flight scholarship program is expected to reach more than 30 percent of U.S. K-6 classrooms by 2003, and 40 percent by 2005 via Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Science Teacher Editions and the Aviation Week LIFTOFF! Education Web site. Ultimately, the LIFTOFF! program will provide direct financial support for select students via The Next Century of Flight scholarship program.

The Wright Experience

The educational program will develop learning materials from the unique material being produced by The Wright Experience Project. Building on the established relationships with universities and museums, the program will deliver material via a multimedia campaign including online resources, online communications, online activities and competitions, print and hands-on displays at exhibitions and in museums.

This project will reach school students and other learners throughout America and the world, and will establish a repository of materials for the use of generations to come. Participation in the program will profoundly affect their understanding of what it is to be a scientist and inspire them to use their energy and creativity to produce the innovations and inventions that mankind will need to survive and thrive in the new millennium.

The educational program will address teachers, students and enthusiasts in grade levels from pre-kindergarten to the college graduate level in subjects including: science, especially physics; design and technology; history, especially social history and the history of science; mathematics, especially applied mathematics; engineering; aviation; and aeronautics.

The program will be directed by a management committee including the Director of the Wright Experience Project, Ken Hyde, and Professor Kevin Kochersberger of the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, members will include representatives from universities already working in collaboration with the Wright Experience, including: Old Dominion University, Wichita State University, Southern Illinois University, Parks College, Saint Louis and the College Park Aviation Museum. Representatives from the National Air and Space Museum and the London Science Museum would also be invited to participate.

The interactive and online materials for the program will be produced by Cognitive Applications Inc. (www.cogapp.com), a leader in development of this kind of material and program. Founded in 1985, the company produced the Micro Gallery at the National Gallery in London, the first major public access system using full color digital images. The company has since completed more than 300 projects in subject areas including science, art, design, medicine and sports.

What the Program will Produce:

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Publishing Office plans to publish a large format art book, "First Flight," in 2003, which contains a comprehensive series of digitally restored Wright photographs. The Library of Congress Digital Library plans to digitize as many of the Wright brothers papers as possible and make them available on the Web by 2003. These projects are dependent upon available funding.

U.S. Air Force Centennial of Flight Office

The U.S. Air Force Centennial of Flight Office is planning a Global Air Chiefs Conference to take place in Washington, D.C. This event provides a forum for the Air Chiefs of the world to discuss the future of aviation in military operations and honor the great leaders of aviation in the past. Selected junior officers will be invited to experience this unique educational opportunity. There are also plans underway for a History Symposium and Gathering of Eagles in Washington, D.C., that will bring aviation enthusiasts together to discuss great achievements in aviation. In addition, the top 100 aviation contributors will be honored.

U.S. Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio

The U.S. Air Force Museum's Education Division offers a variety of innovative programs and hands-on activities to promote aerospace knowledge and generate enthusiasm among students for learning about science, math and history. These will position the Museum as a partner in education in the Dayton community and throughout the state of Ohio. Through interactive activities, youth and teacher workshops, outreach programs and museum tour programs, the Museum's Education Division reaches students, teachers, youth groups, adults and families. Educational opportunities for 2003 include:

Wright State University, Special Collections and Archives

Wright State University has many plans for public programs such as symposiums, exhibits, presentations and lectures, digitization projects to make collections available online, educational materials, and publications. Examples include:


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