Tuesday, June 5, 2012

America by Air - An Online Smithsonian Exhibit

This afternoon The Adventure Blog had a good story about a new expedition to search for clues to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937. Reading the story reminded me of a Smithsonian resource that I tried out a few years back.

America by Air is a series of thirteen online activities that take students through the history of commercial aviation in the United States. Some of the activities that students can explore include examining air routes, pricing tickets, and dressing like a pilot or flight attendant.

Applications for Education
America by Air's thirteen online activities are good resources for elementary and middle school students to learn about the history of commercial aviation in the United States. As students return from summer vacations some may have stories about flying. Have students use try the activities in America by Air then compare their trip in 2009 to how their trip may have unfolded during an earlier era in commercial aviation.