Inspiring Students to Take Flight During National Aviation Week

SOURCE: Discovery Education


On August 19, 1871, world-renowned aviation pioneer Orville Wright was born. Along with sibling Wilbur, the Wright Brothers invented and engineered the first motor-operated airplane. Thanks to their world-altering creation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established August 19th as National Aviation Week.

Today, airplanes move people as well as life-saving pharmaceuticals, mail, electronics, clothes, and even other airplanes! Help your students pilot their own learning adventures into the world of aerospace this National Aviation Week with immersive virtual experiences from FUTURE U. Created in partnership with Boeing and Discovery Education, FUTURE U. provides educators with the no-cost tools they need to inspire their students to use creativity, collaboration, persistence, and problem-solving to change the world.

Show students that the sky is the limit with self-guided exploration through FUTURE U.’s standards-aligned resources for grades 6-12. The ready-to-use multimedia resources introduce students to highly rewarding STEM career pathways, cutting-edge advancements in flight, plus the ways that technology drives sustainable innovations:

  • ecoAction Virtual Field Trip
    Meet inspiring STEM experts improving sustainability in the air, on land, in the water, and in the handling and reduction of waste.
  • Experiential Video Series
    Enjoy a variety of short & sweet videos highlighting transformative technologies that support cleaner aviation and a healthier earth.

Inspired by the Wright Brothers aviation demonstration in Los Angeles in 1910, William Edward Boeing created his own planes and began what we know today as the Boeing company. Integrating these digital resources about aviation introduce students to the wide world of air travel. Seeing the array of opportunities and innovations in flying machines may inspire the next great invention.

Tweet me: Take flight with @Boeing and @DiscoveryEd during #NationalAviationWeek! Watch new videos that cover topics like biofuels, minimizing spacecraft weight, and landing systems:

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