American Air Museum Summer Residency Programme returns to Duxford for third year

Flying Legends 2010.10/11July2010,Spitfires

Flying Legends 2010.10/11July2010,Spitfires

The American Air Museum Summer Residency Programme will run for a third year at Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford and will be sponsored by global aerospace, defence and security company Northrop Grumman.

The American Air Museum Summer Residency Programme runs from July 31 to August 14, 2014.

It is a unique professional development project creating a partnership between teachers from the USA and the UK.

Run by IWM Duxford on behalf of the American Air Museum, the residency gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate on a range of innovative ideas and best practice which they will then take back to the classroom to ignite in their students a new spark of fascination in the study of Second World War history and, within it, the role of engineering and technology.

During the residency, American and British teachers learn, in a collaborative and inspiring environment, about Second World War history and the key contributions made by engineering and technology.

They will take part in exclusive tours and special lectures, not only at IWM Duxford, but also at sites of historical significance in the local area.

They’ll hear from museum professionals and also from veterans who have experienced war and conflict, giving teachers a deeper understanding of Second World War history, with a special emphasis on aerial conflict and the important role of engineering and technology.

Using the information and experience that they have gathered, teachers will then work in partnership to create immersive and relevant learning activities that will be trialed with local students in a summer camp environment.

Andrew Tyler, chief executive Europe for Northrop Grumman, said: “As a global defence and security company, Northrop Grumman is committed to education activities that encourage interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

““This programme provides an opportunity to inspire the young scientists, engineers and mathematicians of tomorrow through learning about the role of engineering and technology within the historical context of the Second World War. We are delighted to be sponsoring this initiative.”

Richard Ashton, director of IWM Duxford and executive vice president of the American Air Museum, said: “We are delighted that Northrop Grumman is sponsoring the American Air Museum Summer Residency Programme in 2014.

“The educational partnership between American and British teachers reflects the special relationship forged by American and British forces during the Second World War.

“With the generous support of Northrop Grumman, we will ensure that the personal stories of US airmen and women continue to be passed on to current and future generations.”

Of the 2013 Summer Residency, participants said:

“I feel honoured to experience such a wonderful programme at Duxford.”

“I was thrilled at the idea of learning so much about the US participation in World War II.

“It is rare to be able to learn about American history from outside the American perspective and this experience has been invaluable to me.”

“I walked away with a chance of a lifetime experience that has added to who I am and how I teach.”

“....the biggest thing I came away with in terms of excitement or being thrilled about what I got were the resource packs.

“The time and effort the staff at IWM took to build the resource packs for our programme were obviously tremendous.

“The quality of the photographs, the deft writing and the overall presentation were really above par.”

“I walked away from the two-plus weeks of activities with a greater understanding of the collaboration between Great Britain and the United States during World War II.”

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