Curious Scientific Investigators: Flight Adventures

Monday, May 17, 2010 to Friday, August 16, 2013
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Project Descriptions
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Media and Technology, Broadcast Media, Planetarium and Science on a Sphere, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs
Families | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | General Public | Educators/Teachers
Education and learning science | Engineering | Physics | Space science
Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Academy of Model Aeronautics
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Curious Scientific Investigators (CSI): Flight Adventures immerses children and families in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Launched in February 2012, the project supports NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), focusing on “innovative ideas to convey the fundamentals of flight, flight technology, and NASA’s role in aeronautics.” The project’s audience includes youth ages 6-18 and the Museum’s more than 1 million annual visitors of all ages. The project’s lead agency, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Museum), developed and implemented the project in Indianapolis in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The project’s goals focus on inspiring children and families to develop an interest in STEM concepts and learn about NASA’s role in science and aeronautics research and the evolution of flight, and on engaging and educating them through inquiry-based programs that facilitate understanding of STEM concepts and knowledge and NASA’s contributions to flight. Centered on an original Multimedia Planetarium Show on flight, Flight Adventures, the Museum designed several components, all of which complement the show and the messages it conveys. Among these components are an exhibit area composed of a movable wind tunnel, a display of models, low- and high-tech interactives; a Unit of Study; a TV show, Wings Over Indiana; a website; and a variety of educational and family programs.

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Team Members

Jennifer Pace-RobinsonJennifer Pace-RobinsonPrincipal Investigator
Gordon SchimmelGordon SchimmelCo-Principal Investigator

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