National Aviation Day was established in 1939 by president Franklin D. Roosevelt to celebrate flight. We celebrate each year on August 19 – the birthday of Orville Wright! Encourage your students to expand their interest in aviation by offering them resources and activities that will deepen their understanding and let their imaginations soar. We have collected images for study and comparison, video to highlight movement and lift, a panoramic tour of the Wright Brothers Museum, and a virtual field trip to hear from the experts in the field…and sky.
See where the Wright brothers first learned to fly by taking this virtual tour of the memorial built for them in North Carolina.
Visits Naval Station Mayport and USS Nimitz to learn about STEM career opportunities in the United States Navy, including specific career profiles. The program also addresses a variety of topics related to aviation, flight, aircraft carriers, and life in the U.S. Navy.
You can learn a lot from an image and, especially, from comparing and contrasting related images. Here are three images to study.
The First Powered Flight
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image
Learn about the first powered flight of a heavier-than-air machine, at Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903.
View an illustration of an airplane with several parts labeled.
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image
Take a look at a photograph from inside an airplane cockpit.
Not all work in aviation requires leaving the ground, here’s one example.
Air traffic controllers assist, direct, and guide more than 5,000 plans a day in the United States alone.
Use the strategy Read All About It – video overview (Canadian Version) / Read All About It – PDF description (Canadian Version) to encourage students to collect information to respond to a headline prompt you’ve created. You might use a headline like “Flying Is the Most Important Advance in Modern History” or “Physics Supports Flight.” Have students respond to the headline with evidence they’ve collected from the resources. Or, to lift creativity, use this headline: “Student Creates Exciting New Plane: See the Plans.” Showcase your students’ work on social media using #CelebrateWithDE!