Applications are welcome from teachers at secondary schools with responsibility for delivering Second World War history and also from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers delivering aviation studies, engineering and technology or other related subjects.
The American Air Museum Summer Residency programme, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, runs from Thursday 31 July to Thursday 14 August 2014. It is a unique professional development project, run by IWM Duxford on behalf of the American Air Museum, which creates a partnership between teachers from the UK and the USA.
By taking part in this programme, UK teachers will build a transatlantic network of colleagues. They will learn, in a collaborative environment, about Second World War history and the key contributions made by engineering and technology.
Teachers will take part in exclusive educational tours and special lectures, not only at IWM Duxford but also at sites of historical significance in the local area. They will hear from Northrop Grumman, museum professionals and also from veterans who have experienced war and conflict.
Visits and talks forming part of the American Air Museum Summer Residency programme include going behind the scenes with IWM Duxford’s Conservation Department; visiting Bletchley Park, the centre of code breaking during the Second World War; touring the Cambridge American Cemetery at Madingley; visiting RAF Waddington to see Northrop Grumman’s whole life support programme for the Sentry E-3D aircraft and finding out about the P-51 Mustang aircraft and how engineering and technological developments transformed the way that battles were fought in the air during the Second World War.
There will also be museum learning masterclasses on aircraft, collections and how to teach students about the Holocaust using real objects.
Participation in the American Air Museum Summer Residency programme is subsidised. The majority of expenses, including accommodation, meals, transport to IWM Duxford, field trips and educational resources are free of charge. In return, teachers will need to commit to carrying out a project with students at their school. Teachers will also be asked to submit a report reflecting on their experience of the programme.
Teachers applying should submit a CV, a short statement (no more than one page) outlining their interest in taking part and a letter of support from their head of department, indicating that they have the support of their school to participate in the American Air Museum Summer Residency programme and to carry out follow-up internet-based project activities in school. The closing date for applications is Thursday 30 January 2014.