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Aviation Showcase Welcomes Local Children

“Charles Lindbergh,” impersonated by OBU student Caleb Sanders, steps off his plane in Paris marking the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He is followed by the fifth-grade students.

Fifth-grade students from Grove School in Shawnee, Okla., gained hands-on lessons about aviation history during an interactive museum titled “I Believe I Can Fly! A Biographical Study of America’s Early Aviation Pioneers” on Friday, March 30, at OBU.

The interactive museum was presented by OBU students in the Social Studies Methods course, taught by Dr. Jeanne Akin, professor of education. For more than 20 years, OBU’s Division of Teacher Education has hosted the semi-annual social studies project for local fifth-grade students. The OBU community was invited to also walk through the museum and see the creative endeavors of the OBU education majors while watching the children learn about the important history lessons.

Akin said the project not only brings history alive for the education majors, but it also helps them develop a passion for finding meaningful ways to make it come alive for their future students.

OBU student Caleb Sanders (center), a junior elementary education major from Checotah, Okla., impersonates Charles Lindbergh for fifth graders. Also listening are OBU students Regan Bullock from Arlington, Texas, (left) and Breanna Shuler from Red Oak, Texas.

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