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AOD Flyover AIM HIGH! Challenge Education

Atlanta, Georgia (May 8, 2020) -The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover AIM HIGH! Challenge, a pioneering education program and website inspired by the 75th Anniversary of World War II, is available nationally to K-12 educators and homeschoolers seeking STEM, STEAM, and Social Studies curriculum for use in the classroom or at home. The curriculum is aimed at connecting students with lessons from the “Arsenal of Democracy”, the national effort that resulted in unprecedented collaboration, innovation and achievement.

Referencing a slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in in 1940, the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover AIM HIGH! Challenge is a multidisciplinary curriculum comprised of Home Front-themed lesson plans that meet multiple standards for respective grade levels and content areas. Weekly features include primary sourced stories at two reading levels, video, photos, podcasts, lesson ideas, and lesson plans with activities and assessments.

“We are excited to share the creative approach in providing educator grade material dedicated to the Arsenal of Democracy” said Chris Madrid, National Director. “The curriculum is a powerful tool for teaching U.S. history.”

According to a National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report card published on April 24th, the average U.S. history score for eighth-grade students was 4 points lower in 2018 compared to 2014, the previous assessment year The curriculum developed by Education Partner Judy Stanford Miller, editor and co-founder of Student News Net, is available to educators at no cost through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

The final lesson plan, “Technology and Heroes in the Cockpit” was published in time to mark Victory in Europe Day on May 8th. Previous lesson plans include “Meet Irene: from Holocaust to Hope and her trip to America on a Liberty Ship” and “Rosie the Riveter”.

The Commemorative Air Force, well known for its educational programming, was instrumental in bringing about the curriculum. Founded in 1957, the group currently maintains the largest World War II flying museum in the world. “Our mission is to Educate, Inspire, and Honor. The Arsenal of Democracy is a compelling metaphor for solving national problems during a crisis.” said Commemorative Air Force President Hank Coates. “Our hope for this program is to have another avenue to introduce young people to the inspirational lessons and triumph of the Greatest Generation.”

About Arsenal of Democracy Flyover AIM HIGH! Challenge Our mission: Connect K-12 educators to the stories and history of America’s Arsenal of Democracy and help students develop academic and non-academic skills for success in learning, career and life.

Contact Chris Madrid National Director - Arsenal of Democracy AIM HIGH! Challenge Iberian Consulting chris.madrid@iberian-consulting.com

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