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National Aviation Day Activities

"Airplane." Photo credit: muffinman71xx / Foter / CC BY-SA

“Airplane.” Photo credit: muffinman71xx / Foter / CC BY-SA

Today is National Aviation Day, established in 1939 on Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville Wright was an American inventor credited with creating the first successful airplane with his brother Wilbur. The advances made in aviation since then have led to widespread international travel and exploration in outer space. NASA has also been able to benefit the U.S. through continued research in aeronautics. Flight has proven to be one of the most amazing discoveries of the modern world and will continue to expand into the future. Aviation advances are limitless in the eyes of tomorrow’s pilots. To celebrate National Aviation Day, we’ve compiled some activity suggestions that are intended to get you flying in the right direction!

Soak Up Some Aviation History

Aviation Search Box Screencap via ProQuest SIRS WebSelect

Aviation Search Box Screencap via ProQuest SIRS WebSelect

A great starting point for aviation history is ProQuest SIRS WebSelect. Here you will find editorially-selected websites that can be used in research, to complement lessons and as a basis for learning more about the history of flight. This resource is perfect for back-to-school planning. Some key selections include:

Head to an Aviation Museum

Aviation museums are a nice way to explore aviation history. Each museum is designed differently and allows visitors a unique experience every time. These museums can be found in the U.S. and abroad. The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio is considered to be the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum. A list of the world’s best aviation museums can be found through the CNN article “World’s 14 Best Aviation Museums.”

Build an Airplane

A fun way to engage with flight and invention is by making your own paper airplane. Trying different types of designs and folding techniques can get you excited about this pastime and remind you that it’s still ok to channel your inner child. This could even be an activity you share with your own children or students. Once everyone is up to speed, you could hold a paper airplane contest to see whose creation flies the farthest. Check out this Smithsonian.com article “How to Fold a World Record-Setting Paper Airplane” to help guide your design and execution.

Watch Airplanes at the Airport

A special but rare find at airports these days are observation decks. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city whose airport has one, you may want to make a visit this summer. Since airport security is quite tight now, having the opportunity to watch the airplanes go by can really feel like a treat. The next time you plan a trip by plane, consider including time to sit at an observation deck and really take in all it has to offer. They may not be around forever.

Thank a Pilot After Your Next Trip

Summer is a popular time of year to plan our vacations and travels. Each time we make the decision to board a plane, we hope for safe travels and arrivals. If you’re going to be traveling by plane soon, consider thanking your pilot. You could write a personalized thank you note while on board and hand deliver it to your pilot, contact your airline and provide positive feedback about your experience or recognize your favorite pilot on social media. Sometimes it’s nice to show them your appreciation and it probably makes their job that much more rewarding too.

How will you celebrate National Aviation Day? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at #ProQuest.

New Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher: Airport Security


Airport by Skitterphoto [Public Domain] via Pixabay

Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and this year is no exception. According to Airlines for America, an industry trade organization, there is a 1.5% expected increase of passengers over last year to 24.6 million. Along with increased holiday travelers comes travel-induced stress resulting from queuing up in endless lines to undergo security measures that make many people look back in nostalgia at the way things used to be.

Those of you who are teachers or media specialists may have students who will be traveling by air during the holiday. Before school lets out for vacation, why not engage your students in a debate over the intrusiveness of airport security?

Show them our Airport Security Leading Issue, one of eight new Leading Issues introduced this fall, to get them thinking about the nature of privacy versus security.

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Airport Security Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher

The Airport Security issue contains an overview, a Pro/Con and Essential Question with articles, and Critical Thinking and Analysis questions and Perspectives and more. To see a chronology of security measures enacted from the 1960’s to the present day, you can direct them to the Airport Security Timeline, where many of the entries are linked to full-text articles.

How do you feel about airport security measures? Are the tougher measures enacted post-9/11 worth the hassle? Share with us in the comments section below.

SIRS Discoverer Spotlight: American Adventures Month

The sun sets at Mather Point in Grand Canyon National Park. One of Ann Posegate's favorite parts of the job is showing children their first view of the Grand Canyon. <br \> NPS Photo by Michael Quinn, via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

The sun sets at Mather Point in Grand Canyon National Park. One of Ann Posegate’s favorite parts of the job is showing children their first view of the Grand Canyon.
NPS Photo by Michael Quinn, via ProQuest SIRS Discoverer [Public Domain]

Have you ever seen the sun rise over the Grand Canyon? Or the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean? Have you marveled at the magnificence of Muir Woods? Or kayaked on Lake Michigan? Have you hiked the Canadian Rockies? Or been sprayed with water from Venezuela’s Angel Falls? Well, pack your bags, grab your tent, find your binoculars, and don’t forget your sunscreen…August is American Adventures Month! Founded by American adventurer Peter Kulkkula, American Adventures Month celebrates the joys of vacationing throughout North, Central, and South America. Explore the immensity of the Grand Canyon, the wonders of Machu Picchu, the beauty of Niagara Falls, and the mysteries of haunted houses. Hike up mountains, kayak on rivers, and bike through forest trails. Can’t take a vacation right now? Well, with this month’s Discoverer Spotlight of the Month, you don’t even need to leave your chair! Explore the beauty and phenomena of the Americas with SIRS Discoverer.

CultureGrams—Memorial Day and Summer Vacations

Today is Memorial Day, a public holiday in the United States that commemorates the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many Americans celebrate Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials and decorating graves with flowers and American flags. The three-day weekend holiday also serves as an informal start to the summer vacation season. Many families take advantage of the warm weather and long weekend to travel or go camping.



An earlier blog post mentioned that the newly expanded CultureGrams World Edition reports now include subheads within some categories, allowing readers to find information much more quickly. One example is the vacation subhead in the recreation category. Here, readers can learn about how much vacation people in various countries take, as well as how they spend their vacations and where they like to travel.

Did you know that the average Dutch worker receives a month of paid vacation each year and typically spreads the time out by taking one week at Christmas, one week at Easter, and two weeks in the summer? Most French people get five weeks of vacation and take four of those weeks in the summer.

Popular destinations for Japanese  vacationers include the shrines and temples of Kyoto, Japan, and package tours of theme parks, such as Tokyo Disney and Universal Studios Japan. Because traveling outside of the Palestinian  territories can be difficult, many Palestinians stay close to home or visit the beach during their vacations. Few Rwandan  families can afford to take vacations, and travel is limited to visiting relatives on holidays and during school vacations.

Have you learned about any interesting vacation traditions in other countries? How do you spend your vacations? Let us know by leaving a comment!