Dallas’ Frontiers of Flight Museum announced today that it has received a grant of $50,000 from The Boeing Company toward enhancing and expanding its widely recognized educational programs. Visit: www.flightmuseum.com.
The grant will help the Frontiers of Flight Museum double the number of children served in the Museum’s on-site and satellite STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs from 6,000 to more than 12,000 in 2014. The funding will support professional services to develop and expand content, and provide program enrichment and evaluation for continuous improvement and growth. It will further the Museum’s goal of securing additional staffing, technology and teaching resources to serve more children. These enhancements will help meet the accelerated demand for the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s outstanding educational programs within the North Texas community.
“This Boeing grant will help the Frontiers of Flight Museum strengthen its science, technology, engineering and math education programs and encourage student interest in those fields, ultimately bolstering the workforce of the future," said William Gray, Boeing Dallas Site Leader.
The Museum recently enhanced its infrastructure and has experienced an extraordinary period of growth under the leadership of Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, Chief Executive Officer. A new website, donor and member database, POS system, marketing materials and public relations have contributed to the Museum’s increase in community awareness. These initiatives, along with new programs and exhibits, have resulted in an over 30% increase in attendance last year. This success sets the stage for the Museum to place special emphasis on its rapidly growing STEM education programs to better meet the interest and needs of North Texas school children and educators.
“This grant award will help fund areas of greatest need and is a tremendous benefit to the museum and our community,” said Sutterfield-Jones. “Boeing understands how important philanthropy is to supporting organizations like the Frontiers of Flight Museum. The Museum is a learning laboratory using aviation and space flight to encourage and promote student excellence in STEM education. Boeing’s support of the Frontiers of Flight Museum serves to further support the enrichment of North Texas cultural and educational opportunities,” she said.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, is a gem in the North Texas community that attracts over 100,000 visitors annually including 30,000 students. The Museum is conveniently located just north of downtown on Lemmon Avenue at the southeast side of Dallas Love Field Airport, north of Mockingbird Lane.
Housed in a modern 100,000-square-foot facility, the Frontiers of Flight Museum provides a focal point to explore the history and progress of aviation, as mankind continues to pursue going higher, faster and farther. Educational classes for all ages are offered throughout the year, designed to excite the imagination in science, technology, engineering, and math through spacecraft design, aerodynamics, model-building, space survival, and other disciplines.
“Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and known for its innovation,” said Sutterfield-Jones. “The Frontiers of Flight Museum is grateful for Boeing’s support of our future growth and innovative development of our educational programs. This is a significant donation, and one we are very proud of receiving.”
For information call: 214-350-1651 or visit www.flightmuseum.com.