Aim High: Soaring with the Tuskegee Airmen

Aim High: Soaring with the Tuskegee Airmen features the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) exhibition Black Wings: American Dreams in Flight. Together, the tour represents a unique opportunity to gain insight into WWII and the history of aviation through playful, interactive experiences! This exhibit will be available September 23rd through January 21st.

Aim High: Soaring with the Tuskegee Airmen explores multiple aspects of aviation, from the rich history of the Tuskegee Airmen to 21st century STEAM concepts. Inspired by the tools and tasks related to flying and aeronautics , the interactive experiences mix real artifacts with hand-on play. Visitors of all ages will be able to imagine themselves in the role of the aviators, inspired by the past and dream of the future.

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight chronicles the story of African Americans who, despite facing tremendous racial barriers, attained amazing achievements in aviation history. From the brave pioneers of the 1920s to today’s astronauts, Black Wings celebrates the fact that flying is not limited by race.

In this exhibit, visitors explore opposites with some of these hands-on activities:

  • Cockpit Flight Trainer: Get an up-close view of the inside of a Cock Pit Flight Trainer. Watch videos of the plane taking off and landing from the captain’s seat advantage point. This life-size Cock Pit Flight Trainer is perfect for dramatic play and also includes a row of actual airplane seats.
  • Things that Fly Praxinoscope: See images of things that fly come to life using this early form of animation. Switch out the custom-made cards to bring other images to life.
  • Land the Plane Maze: Inspired by Air Traffic Control Radar, visitors guide the ball to a safe landing, tilting the round table top to avoid the red planes working all the way around to the landing strip.
  • Imagination Mirrors: Interactive, mirror activated by pressure sensitive mats, exposing images of airplanes. This activity helps children see themselves in roles in the aviation field.
  • Wearable Wings: Children can build and wear a pair of wearable airplane wings or a rocket ship and imagine they are flying through the sky.

Exhibit is included with admission.

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Aim High: Soaring with the Tuskegee Airmen was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburg in partnership with Hosanna House, Inc.

Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight is organized by the Smithsonian Institution traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Metlife Foundation.


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