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Museum announces Project SOAR Summer Institute for Teachers

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, in cooperation with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach Office, will conduct two sessions of the Project SOAR (Science in Ohio through Aerospace Resources) Summer Institute for Teachers.

Held at the museum, the institute will help math and science teachers for grades 5-9 capture the interest and enthusiasm of their students using aviation and space concepts and a "hands-on" approach. Teachers will learn to integrate aerospace lessons into the core curriculum, satisfying standards in math and science.

Session 1 will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 18-20, and session 2 is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-18.

"Today's students respond to real world applications and challenges, and aerospace topics really capture their interest," said Judith Wehn, chief of the museum's Education Division.

Teachers will receive resource materials from the museum, Civil Air Patrol and NASA. Throughout the workshop, participants will build kites, inexpensive flying objects, experiment with model airplanes, and build and launch a model rocket. They also have the option to purchase two hours of graduate workshop credit at a reduced rate from the University of Dayton.

To be eligible, teachers must be U.S. citizens, attend all three days for the designated times, commit to implementing at least four workshop lessons (one per quarter) during the 2014-15 school year.

Registration for this free program is open to school teachers for grades 5-9. Space is limited so please register online at For more information, contact Wehn at (937) 255-3128 or

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3128.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.