$5 Million Commitment from GE Aviation to Expand ‘Explainers’ Program Designed to Increase Science Excitement among Museum Visitors, Students
WASHINGTON, D.C. and CINCINNATI — GE Aviation President and CEO David Joyce today announced a $5 million sponsorship of an innovative program developed by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum designed to boost science interest and proficiency among young learners. The commitment, also announced by Gen. J.R. Jack Dailey, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum, will expand the museum’s Explainers program, through which specially trained high school and college students engage with young museum visitors to help them understand principles of flight and other scientific concepts. Using the power of technology, Cincinnati Public Schools elementary students will benefit from the sponsorship by participating in the new Online Explainers program, linking museum Explainers to district classrooms via interactive video conferences.
Announced simultaneously in Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., during a video conference briefing and live demonstration, the expansion of the Explainers program to include additional museum Explainers and additional participating classrooms and schools in Cincinnati has the potential to become an international model, Joyce said.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with NASM and the Cincinnati Public Schools to bring the Online Explainers to life,” he said. “Cincinnati Public Schools is on the cutting edge of innovating how to teach kids and bring new experiences and technologies into the classrooms to better prepare the kids for college and careers.”
CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan praised the partnership with GE Aviation and the National Air and Space Museum in which experts from the museum, including Education Department Chair Maureen Kerr, worked with Evanston Academy Science Teacher Deidre Simpson and others at CPS to develop “proof of concept” live, digital sessions tied to classroom curriculum.
“As educators, we are pleased this project incorporates best practices to help students succeed in college and careers: real-world connections, technology, high expectations reflected in rigorous curriculum, and career exploration,” Ronan said.
GE Aviation has committed $1 million to CPS for technology, professional development and curriculum planning for the Online Explainers program.