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According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, a museum is “an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting interest or value.” I disagree. The Museum of Aviation is more than that. It is a place where people of all ages come to learn. This summer, the museum Education Department has been hosting week-long camps for students from pre-k to high school seniors. “Lost in Space,” “Pirate Camp,” “Dinosaur Detectives,” “Mad Scientist’s Chem Lab,” and “Grossology” are just a few of the camps being held where students can learn more about the world around them.

I, sadly, exceeded the age limit on all of these classes, but, as the intern, I was fortunate enough to help out with the “Grossology” camp. I helped students make “snot” out of glue, Borax, food coloring, and a little bit of water. I also watched them learn the technical terms for sneezing, hiccups, smelly breath, and much, much more. I also snuck into the “Around the World” camp and helped students make their own version of Mexican yarn art.

Of course, students aren’t the only ones learning here at The Museum of Aviation. On the 19th and 20th of June, the museum partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Georgia, and hosted the “Aerospace STEM institute for Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)” for 9th through 12th grade science and math teachers. Teachers were able to interact with other teachers and aerospace industry professionals to develop more activities to be used in the classroom. Teachers also got the chance to receive an orientation flight at the Macon Regional Airport.

Check out the pictures below to see what I’ve seen during these past few weeks at The Museum of Aviation in the Century of Flight hanger.

Making “snot” at grossology camp.

Making Mexican yarn art for Around the World camp.

Teachers at the Aerospace STEM institute for CTAE plan a mission together that they will fly in the Mission Quest flight simulators.

Teachers at the Aerospace STEM institute for CTAE fly in the Mission Quest flight simulators.

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