5 January 2009
Pilot Jeff Geer of Ferndale, Washington will fly a 1943 Boeing Stearman to Eastern Russia in the “Flight for Education”. Tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2010, the flight will follow a route from Bellingham, Washington to Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, Alaska, and Russia, retracing a portion of the historic Lend-Lease Northern Air Route of WWII.
BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, a non-profit group leading this effort, is working with schools and aviation museums in the region to create an open curriculum covering a wide range of subjects including: Math, Science, Aerospace, Technology, Geography, History, Cultures, and Physical Education.
Leading the development of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation education program is a group of dedicated educators from Washington State’s Mossyrock School District. The Mossyrock School District is currently developing the student curriculum for the WWII Lend-Lease Air Route flights. A team of educators is creating mathematical, scientific, geological, musical, geographical and historical curriculum that provide an educational forum for students, anywhere in the world to participate directly in these flights.
“It’s all about engaging the students” says Geer. “Working together with educators and technology providers, the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation team will help teachers take education to a new level, stimulating young minds and bringing a unique and historic flight into the classroom.”
Using readily available computer technology and flight simulation software, the Flight for Education provides an exciting “hands-on” environment, enabling students to virtually fly along with the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation’s Boeing Stearman, augmenting their existing studies.
The Mossyrock School District is fortunate to be involved with the Microsoft Peer Coaching Program for a second year, via ESD 113, in Olympia, WA. It is called Enhancing Education Through Technology. Having been given the opportunity to work with the education piece of the Bravo 369 Flight for Education, Bev McDaniel (peer coach) and Martha Sturgeon decided to take on the endeavor as a technology project thereby stretching the technological skills of both educators. Designing and maintaining a website, researching lessons and activities for a booklet, and incorporating podcasting into the website are just a few of the new challenges for the educational technology team.
Microsoft Corporation will be supporting Bravo 369 Flight Foundation’s efforts to integrate the real world of this historic flight with the virtual world of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X. “This is an exciting opportunity to work with Microsoft to bring the Flight for Education into the classroom and the home in real time with Microsoft Flight Simulator X software” says Geer. Hal Bryan, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator Community Evangelist, says “We’re extremely excited about the Bravo 369 Flight Foundation’s plans, and privileged that they’ve chosen Flight Simulator X as a key component to enhance and extend the educational aspects of the flight.”
Geer states “A project of this magnitude requires a substantial commitment of time, expertise, and financial resources. We are actively seeking additional financial support for the Flight for Education from large donors and corporate sponsors from all over the country, but we put great value on local and grassroots support, too. We want everyone to be able to participate in some way and feel a part of the team that makes it happen.” To learn more about the Flight for Education, or to find out how to support the flight through a Donation or Sponsorship, please visit the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation web site at http://www.bravo369.org.
BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation is a non-profit organization. The main objective of the Flight for Education is to offer a unique educational opportunity for students and teachers everywhere to actively participate in a historic flight from Bellingham, Washington to Provideniya, Russia, using the WWII Lend-Lease Air Route, in a 1943 Boeing Stearman open cockpit biplane. BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation will offer scholarship programs and additional educational flight projects and programs beyond the 2010 Flight for Education. Flight Simulator X® is a commercially available flight simulation program developed by Microsoft Corporation Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.