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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (SciTech 2014)
STEM presentation on "Development of the AIAA Tucson Engineering/Art Project."
Washington, DC, January 13 - 17, 2014
Despite the vast research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), little effort is being focused on an artistic angle to approach kids with a vehicle to draw their attention to aviation and aerospace sciences. Children are creative by nature, how do we keep the creativity as they grow up? Michelle Rouch’s presentation at SciTech 2014 covered the eleven year journey in developing several methods to approach children’s creative side in transforming art into a teaching tool. In 2003 in preparation for the Orville & Wilbur Wright Centennial of Flight Celebration, a project was put together involving six (6) Elementary Schools to paint a 54 foot Aviation and Aerospace Timeline, permanently displayed at the Tucson International Airport.