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The K-12 STEM program offers eight modules that were developed in accordance with Colorado Academic Standards. Teachers receive training on the modules through an easy-to-use on-line training platform. The modules are taught in the classroom over a two-week period leading up to a capstone experience at the museum. The museum experience reinforces the lessons learned in the classroom through hands-on, interactive activities and tours of the museum exhibit hall and aircraft restoration facility.
The following programs are currently offered by the Museum’s K-12 STEM program. Additional programs are under development and will be available in the coming year.
Sky’s the Limit—Grades K-1—Introduces our youngest future aviators to the science, math and excitement of flight. Students take part in hands-on, interactive experiences that teach them the basic principles that make it possible for airplanes to fly.
Keep ‘Em Rolling—Grades 2-3—Students are involved in hands-on, engaging activities that explore the STEM aspects of flight, and learn about the “human” facets of the World War II era.
Salvage for Victory 1 & 2—Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8—Based on the children’s novel On the Wings of Heroes, this program focuses on the recycling and rationing efforts that took place during World War II. Students will conduct their own salvage drive, and build airplanes from the materials they collect.
Keep ‘Em Flying—Grades 6-8—Students explore the forces and principles of flight and discover how aircraft work. They will learn how these forces affected the performance of World War II aircraft and use this information to design, build and test their own aircraft.
Wings Up—Grades 9-12—Students investigate the science, math and engineering principles used in the aircraft design process. At the museum, students will use this knowledge to assess the performance characteristics of one of the museum’s World War II aircraft.