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You’re Invited to a Tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

You are cordially invited to join Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) on January 19, 2012 to pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and celebrate the LucasFilms premiere Red Tails, which tells the story of these brave African-American fighter pilots who broke racial barriers, and fought tyranny and evil in the sky during World War II.

In addition, a fundraising gala will be held to raise money for our Aero Squad Afterschool Program and our Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Fund. Your generous support will go directly to giving every young, student aviator in our community the chance to become a pilot and to continue on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen with the next generation!

The gala will feature:

  • A special presentation by Fox 11 News’ Christine Devine
  • Opportunities for guests to meet Tuskegee Airmen from the L.A. Chapter
  • Flight suits on sale at the door, can be autographed by Tuskegee Airmen. Call (310)618-1155 and ask for Debra Larry.
  • Two state-of-the-art flight simulators linked up for dogfights and WWII missions
  • A remembrance for former Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (1938-2007)

Check out the event registration page for more information on how you can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy, Summer Learning, and CAPTAIN AMERICA

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Last week, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees, and Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) hosted the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy, a one week introduction to aviation with field trips to LAX, Los Alamitos Army Base, Flight Safety International, United Airlines, FAA Headquarters, guest speakers from the Civil Air Patrol and the Tuskegee Airmen, and flights with TAM and the EAA Young Eagles. At the end of the camp, the AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associates handed them some CAPTAIN AMERICA fans to keep them cool. In addition, students in the Aero Squad Summer Learning Program that participated in activities conducted by the Summer Associates, received CAPTAIN AMERICA fans, posters, and other items. All CAPTAIN AMERICA giveaways are courtesy of Technicolor Cinema Distribution and Paramount Pictures.

TEWS-Space Race: Getting Ready for the Big Kickoff!

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Last Wednesday and Thursday, The Dorothy Jemison Foundation’s The Earth We Share (TEWS) – Space Race Camp, in partnership with TAM and NASA Summer of Innovation, held the first of several professional development workshops at Foshay Learning Center with a group of enthusiastic volunteer teachers. These teachers will be instructing students in the first week of the camp.

The purpose of the workshop was to prepare teachers and AmeriCorps Summer Associates in the TEWS Discovery Method™. In this method, teachers guide the students in defining and integrating the various components of a problem—culture, science, economics, environment, etc.—in a process the helps students see the big picture and think of solutions that can work.  Once practiced, these “thinking skills” can be used to address all types of situations.

Teachers were put through the method as if they were students in order for them to understand how it works. Being a truly collaborative process, this method also teaches important cooperative and interpersonal communication skills, which are important in all kinds of careers.

This week, teachers will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. Stay tuned for more updates on the camp!

Learning About Electrical Currents

Friday, July 8th, 2011

In the spirit of engaging youth in science and technology, TAM kids got a lesson today on the difference between AC (alternating currents) and DC (direct currents) electricity. VISTA Summer Associate, Jose Quijas, lead the activity. He wanted to make the lesson fun through physical activity. Simulating an electrical current, he had them run around a circularly-placed set of cones in a relay, using batons to represent electrons flowing around a circuit.


Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

By Kira Watson | 2011 VISTA Summer Associate

On Monday, June 20th, 2011 I joined the phenomenal team at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM). As one of ten AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates, I anticipated working to motivate the youth of Compton and Los Angeles to cultivate their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and to pursue STEM related careers. After only a few days with TAM I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself actually being inspired by the TAM youth instead of inspiring them, as I initially expected.

It became very obvious after meeting two of TAM’s junior aviators, MacArthur Dandridge and Keileen Hubbard, that these two talented young men encouraged me to become as great as they are. Hubbard is an aspiring fighter pilot and prospective Annapolis Naval Academy student. Dandridge is currently vice president of TAM’s Learning for Life Program and Youth Leadership Council, and an aspiring aerial law enforcement officer. Both young men share a common interest in aviation and are two of the youngest pilots in training in the country. Collectively, they have clocked over hundreds of hours in flight time and will likely earn a pilot’s license before most of us earn a high school diploma.

I was truly awed by their in-depth knowledge of their respective aviation fields and the air crafts they fly. These young men definitely know their stuff and left the Summer Associate peers and me blown away and extremely impressed, not only by their wealth of knowledge about aviation, but by their unwavering passion to pursue their dreams and serve as role models to their peers. These remarkable young men definitely represent TAM’s commitment to youth.