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Museum of Aviation to Hold Teacher Workshop
Museum of Aviation to Hold Teacher Workshop

Warner Robins, GA – Approximately 30 Georgia 4th-8th grade teachers will learn about the pioneering achievements of African Americans in space and aviation this Saturday (January 12) at the Museum of Aviation’s NASA Educator Workshop entitled “Black Stars in Orbit.”  Dr. Lester Morales, a NASA Aerospace Educator Specialist from Kennedy Space Center and Cheryl Long, a Houston County Teacher will join Clare Swinford, the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center Administrator at the Museum of Aviation in conducting the hands-on workshop.  Three sessions will cover African American Astronauts, the Underground Railroad during the Civil War and the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-Black aviation unit during World War II. 

The workshops will take place in the Century of Flight Hangar from 9:00am to 4:00 pm.  The workshops are free and participating teachers receive a $50 stipend at the end of the workshop. 

 “There have been a total of 16 African American astronauts that have flown on our nation’s spaceflights since 1983,” said Swinford. “Their stories serve as outstanding role models for today’s students and demonstrate that careers in science can be exciting and rewarding.” 

Teachers will make “Connections to Freedom & Science” during the session on the Underground Railroad.  Activities will include the science and math behind maps, how slaves navigated to freedom using the North Star and how horticulture played a vital role in the quest for freedom.

The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen will be told through an award wining exhibit onsite and hands-on activities tied to the Georgia Performance Standards.

For information about the workshop, contact Clare Swinford at (478) 222-7547 or email cswinford@museumofaviation.org

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