Learning with Will and Orv
Learning with Will and Orv is a multidisciplinary curriculum for grades pre-K to 6 of state and national standards. It includes aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more that combines the mission the NAHF with the educational expertise of PBS/ThinkTV. The program shares the Wright Brothers as informal guides to lessons within the curriculum as they deliver fun, educational experiences for the classroom.
Learning with Will and Orv is designed to let students learn by doing. An array of hands-on activities encourages students to build, fly, and conduct experiments with kites, soda-straw gliders, rubber-band-powered balsa planes, and more. It challenges them to not only take on a task or experiment but then also reflect on the results of their actions. Interactive games for individual and group play and short video segments for PBS learning media help solidify learning by providing fun and necessary repetition.
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Junior Collier Award
With our partners, the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) and the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), the Junior Collier Award is a STEAM based competition for grades 5-8 designed in conjunction with the current year Collier Trophy winner. The challenge focuses on developing a concept/idea inspired by the Collier winning technology with emphasis on original thought and design, versus fabrication and build out. The projects will not be limited by the technology of the trophy winner, rather the goal will be for students to be inspired by the technology. Each year a NASM leader, NAA Awardee, and/or NAHF Enshrinee will announce and promote the Junior Collier Challenge. The Junior Collier Award trophy will be housed, with the names of the winning classes affixed, in perpetuity in the NASM in Washington, D.C.
Why I Fly
Why I Fly is a web-based video series produced with content partners Emmy Award-winning Hemlock Films. Why I Fly are a series of short videos that feature an individual who is engaged in an aspect of aviation or aerospace. The people featured are intriguing, relatable, and talented. They show the humanity of aviation and embody the fact that the field is attainable.
The central purpose of Why I Fly is to generate exposure of opportunities in aviation and aerospace by highlighting individuals with a connection to flight. In the past, careers in aviation were regarded as exclusive, inaccessible, and primarily male dominated. The NAHF seeks to share the complete realm of aviation and aerospace careers to a wide audience through Why I Fly. Whether as a career or hobby, the NAHF sees tremendous value in igniting interest of young and old in aviation, especially females and minorities.