Lyon Air Museum Partners with Newport-Mesa Sixth grade curriculum launches in September

General William Lyon’s passions for preserving the greatest generation in aviation and for youth education are the driving forces behind Lyon Air Museum. As a result, aviation history will be brought to life for students throughout the Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

Bonnie Swann, Executive Director of Elementary Education and Student Services, has taken the lead on developing a curriculum, which will be integrated into NMUSD in September 2011.

“Because quality education is a priority at Newport-Mesa, we are thrilled to partner with Lyon Air Museum. From the moment we entered the Museum, everyone was hooked. Each teacher – from English and history to performing arts and math — had a different and exciting idea about integrating the Museum into his or her individual educational programs.”

What was most surprising, she said, was that every educator believed the Museum offers strong applications for all grade levels and across all educational disciplines. Swann indicated that two schools will pilot the program this spring, with all District sixth-graders participating in the fall. The curriculum will span history, the arts, math, English and more.

“Tying the visits to the curriculum will make an indelible and lasting impression on our students,” Swann said. She already has some ideas that will likely include a pre-visit lesson, studying, a docent-led field trip, and completing a post-assignment. “I would love to see the students imagine what it might have been like to be a member of the Doolittle raid, and capture those thoughts in a letter to a loved one,” she said, “and maybe do a treasure hunt at the Museum to reinforce their knowledge of the greatest generation in aviation.”