Midway Model Classrooms Program
Purpose and ObjectivesBack to Top
CFF provides expertise to informal education institutions, such as local museums, that seek to innovate with modern educational technology and to expand their instructional curriculum with relevant STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) content. We will be successful when the institution has the knowledge and implementation plans to acquire and install technology that delivers educational programs to K-12 students and teachers in the San Diego area.
BackgroundBack to Top
CFF initially worked with the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum to expand the capacity of their education program from 35,000 students per year to 50,000 and beyond. Phase I brought TIME Teachers together to collaborate with Midway educators on the design of new classrooms and updated lesson plans that would rely on interactive whiteboards. Phase II involved crafting the specifications of education technology for the four new classrooms and refurbishing the existing four classrooms. Phase III involved the installation and training of Midway educators to begin using these instructional tools beginning in September 2009. Phase IV, which is ongoing, brought another group of teachers together to collaborate on the offering of lessons in History and Social Science, including the use of electronic field trips. As a result of this success, another informal education institution, the San Diego Natural History Museum, has approached CFF to collaborate on a similar project.
Implementation PlanBack to Top
CFF successfully completed Phase I, II and III with the Midway enrolling more students in 2009-2010 than ever before. Phase IV is ongoing with work continuing into the fall of 2010 for initial field trips planned for the spring of 2011.
Financial Resources / BudgetBack to Top
CFF received approximately $81,000 of funding from the USS Midway Foundation to support the TIME Teachers, the CFF Innovation Office and to reimburse CFF administrative expenses from May 2009 to present. Approximately six TIME Teachers were involved in Phase I and about 15 History/Social Science teachers continue to be involved in Phase IV.