The Air Force One Discovery Center
Vision: The E3 Plan - Engage, Excite, and Educate
For the Teacher:
Pivotal historical and contemporary moments in the American presidency will be recreated in the themed sets for students as they learn what it is like to be in the seat of power. Each student will be assigned a key role and high level position as they navigate through a historical presidential challenge. They will have the opportunity to role play as the president, the president's chief 0 f staff, member of the cabinet, press secretary, Air Force One pilot, or reporters in a real life presidential event.
In the simulator the students can literally take control of Air Force One. For example, they can fly the presidential aircraft into West Berlin Tempelhof Airport to deliver President Reagan for his dramatic "Tear Down the Wall" speech at the Brandenburg Gate. While the student pilots are learning to fly Air Force One, back in the president's cabin and senior staff room, other students are engaged in historical scenarios.
In the Oval Office they will assume the roles of the president and his advisors to grapple with critical issues and situations. Students will engage in debate and discussion of important historical and contemporary issues and events such as national disaster operations, relations with Congress, federal power and states' rights, and military missions.
After engaging in thought provoking and stimulating educational simulations, students "board" the most technologically advanced naval vessel in the world today, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Here, in a replica of the Command Center aboard the Reagan, students will get briefed by the Commander in Chief about an important mission to one of the current hot spots in the world (ever changing and up-to-date). Adding a true sense of reality, students in cooperation with the United States Navy, will have real-time communication with the commanding officer aboard the Reagan. By engaging in accurate historical and contemporary simulations, students will grapple the effects of the decisions made by the Commander in Chief.
To culminate the Discovery Center activities, students will create and/or present a presidential speech in the White House press room/television studio. Depending upon the simulation exercise, different backdrops will be provided for the student's speech. Some backdrops may include the Brandeburg Gate, Point du Hoc, The White House Rose Garden, House of Commons, The Capitol, or The East Room of the White House. Students will actually have the opportunity to recreate a contemporary presidential speech-making experience by reading their speech from a teleprompter. Some students will also have the opportunity to take notes on the speech and ask pertinent questions of the president as if they were a member of the White House Press Corps. In order to create lasting memories and share the experience with their families and peers, the student-acted presidential speeches will be digitally recorded on a DVD and given to the student.
At the conclusion of the Discovery Center journey, educators may discuss and explore the significance of the events experienced first-hand by students and the role the president plays in shaping public policy and world events.
All Discovery Center K-12 educational services are designed to reinforce the concepts identified in the California Department of Education's subject frameworks as well as national educational standards.
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