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Aviation Museum Gallery Design

Aviation Museum Gallery Design

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Lesson Overview
In this lesson, students will learn about scienceas human endeavor, the importance o aviationmuseums in telling the story o the history o ight,the history o science, historical perspectives, and theabilities o technological design through the story o the history o ight. In addition, students will gain anunderstanding o museum careers such as curator,exhibit sta member and museum educator throughmodeling those roles. Students will work in teams todesign a museum gallery with a NASA aeronauticstheme. Using graph paper, each team will lay outtheir gallery to scale with its artiacts and displays. Team members will create a map o their gallery thatdetails the layout o the exhibits. Lastly, the teamswill plan programs and activities that will enhance thevisitor experience o their aviation gallery.
Objectives
Students will:1. Comprehend the importance o aviationmuseums in telling the story o the history o ight.2. Learn about museum careers.3. Design an aeronautics museum gallery to scaleusing NASA’s contributions to aeronautics as atheme.4. Select appropriate artiacts and displays toinclude in the gallery.5. Create a map that details the gallery.6. Plan programs and activities to enhance thevisitor experience to the gallery.
Designing an Aeronautics Museum Gallery
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8 Hours
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Background
Aeronautics Museums
Each year, millions o visitors o all ages visit inormal educational institutions which include museums and sciencecenters. Many o the museums have a specialty to showcase, or example, art or natural history. Aviation is noexception. In the United States, there are over 250museums that ocus on aviation. Visitors to theseaviation museums can catch a glimpse o aviationhistory through varied artiacts and displays.NASA realizes the importance o the inormaleducation community in telling the NASAaeronautics story. Through educationalpartnerships with numerous inormal communityinstitutions, NASA provides artiacts as well asproessional development opportunities or itsmembers. The goal is to enhance the inormaleducation community members’ capabilitiesby providing access to NASA sta, research,technology and inormation. The two museums in the United States with the largest collection o amous airplanes are 1) the National Air andSpace Museum (NASM) in Washington D.C. along with its companion acility the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center nearWashington Dulles International Airport, and 2) the National Museum o the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) inDayton, Ohio. The National Air and Space Museum has almost 9 million visitors each year. NASM’s collection includes many o themost signicant aircrat and spacecrat in our nation’s history. There are over 30,000 aviation objects in the collection.In addition, NASM’s archival collection contains numerous photographs, manuscripts, technical drawings, documents,lms and oral histories. The National Museum o the United States Air Forceis the oldest and largest military aviation museumin the world. The museum’s collection includesmore than 300 aircrat and missiles. Aviation historyrom the Wright brothers to the present can be seenduring a visit. Over 1 million visitors a year visit theNMUSAF.A museum must be organized in a way that programsand exhibits draw in visitors to educate and tell acompelling story. Museum organization, however,
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