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Aerobatic Champions
Online exhibition giving detailed information on two famous aerobatic aircraft, the Pitts Special “Little Stinker” and the Loudenslager Laser 200.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Answering the Call 1917-1945
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the importance of the huge U.S. merchant fleet that supported soldiers fighting overseas in both world wars. Learn about the men and women who built the ships and risked their lives sailing them while playing a vital and unheralded role in the American war effort.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Community Dreams
Online exhibit exploring the impact that the development of coast-to-coast railroads had on life in America. Railroads made it possible for towns and cities to flourish away from the coasts and waterways that had been America’s main transportation networks, creating new social, political, and economic ties. This is the second section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Highlights Tour
Guided tour of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center telling the history of human flight through the technology, historical events, and heroic stories associated with aircraft on display at the Center.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Reinventing the Wheels
Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which students examine four bicycles from the nineteenth century. Looking for similarities and differences between these bikes and today’s bikes, they try to put the four in the order of their age. Clues can be found in a crossword puzzle.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Treasures of American History: Creativity and Innovation
Online exhibit highlighting objects in the Smithsonian collection that document the creative spirit that has characterized the United States. Examines creativity in many forms, from the reinvention of daily and business life to the redefinition of popular culture and the creation of artistic masterpieces. Includes a Spanish translation.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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From Airmail to Airlines
Teacher’s guide featuring classroom activities that explore changes in air transportation from 1920 to the present. Designed to complement transportation units, but can be used alone or with a museum visit.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Art to Zoo: Airplanes and Airports: How to Take Off Without Ever Leaving the Ground (1982)
Lesson plan that provides insight on how airplanes and airports profoundly affect our lives. Includes lessons on the forces of flight and how to create a model airplane.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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People Movers
Students investigate how transportation has evolved through the years and how it may continue to change in the future through teamwork activities.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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African American Pioneers in Aviation
Research and teaching website that challenges students to analyze primary documents related to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal opportunity in the field of aviation.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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