Ribbon cutting at Cobb County park signals finalization of outdoor learning exhibits for students
Kennesaw, GA – June 27, 2023 – Town Center Community today hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of educational and historical upgrades to Aviation Park. Developed in partnership with Kennesaw State University’s Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, the final installation includes four educational exhibits equipped with QR codes to provide informational panels, photographs, oral histories and interactive elements that engage visitors in the history and science of aviation.
“These upgrades have been a long time coming,” said Jennifer Hogan, director of community for Town Center CID. “From fundraising to exhibit development to overcoming the design challenges of mounting a 1964 Musketeer A23 Beechcraft Airplane on a pole 16 feet above the ground, we have invested a lot of time and effort in this park. Seeing everything completed, I can say that it was worth the wait. Everyone should experience this park.”
The four exhibits include:
Mechanics in Motion
This exhibit demystifies the science of flight, delivering STEM content that engages visitors in history, physical education and art.
Wheels to Wings
With a focus on aviation history both in Cobb County and abroad, this installation begins with the role of bicycles in the development of flight and explores stories of local farmers, women, politicians, investors and scientists who moved the local aviation industry forward.
What Happens Up There: From Taxi to Landing
This exhibit offers a look inside the cockpit examining the visual and auditory experience of flight from the pilot’s perspective. It also provides a step-by-step journey through the flight structure.
Lessons in Liftoff
Through a look at each of the roles that contribute to liftoff, this exhibit explores the responsibilities of pilots, mechanics, emergency personnel and air traffic controllers.
The corresponding Aviation Park Teacher Packet, available on the Town Center Community website, includes lessons and activities to support onsite and offsite learning. It outlines the K-5 Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and Next Generation Science Standards and provides opportunities for pre-trip and follow-up instruction.
Aviation Park is a Cobb County-owned public park. No special permission or coordination is needed to arrange a field trip to the park. Additional information is available online at towncentercid.com/aviationparkfieldtrip.