Frontiers of Flight Museum Inc

Dallas, TX   |  www.flightmuseum.com

Mission

We educate, motivate and inspire all ages in North Texas by presenting aviation and space flight history and innovation through our comprehensive exhibits, collections, programming and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum.

As a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the Museum's exhibits and educational programs strive for the highest professional standards.

Ruling year info

1988

President and CEO

Ms. Cheryl Sutterfield

Main address

6911 Lemmon Avenue

Dallas, TX 75209 USA

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EIN

75-2244531

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 20.4% of the workforce is currently in STEM positions; and the Dallas-Fort Worth area ranked #27 among the biggest STEM areas in 2011. Over the next 5 years the region is expected to experience the 4th largest STEM growth in the country. STEM employment is growing at a much faster rate than non-STEM employment and is expected to continue to outpace non-STEM growth through 2024. Regardless of whether a STEM degree holder works in a STEM or non-STEM occupation, they can expect to earn more than non-STEM degree holders. According to research supported by the Houston Endowment and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the state's rapidly changing demographic mix will pose challenges as Texas's growing, economically disadvantaged, minority populations have less than a 10% post-secondary completion rate. Informal education programs working together with schools are needed that encourage and support under-served students pursuing STEM careers.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth STEM Initiative

The FOFM Youth STEM Initiative expands our current Young Women's STEM Leadership Initiative for 2,100 girls to include 350 more students in a pilot program in under-served communities. The expansion will use the same model of multiple STEM learning experiences to reach both boys and girls in elementary through high school, further bridging the educational gaps through community investments including 21st Century Skills. Plans are for the Initiative to expand to other Dallas ISD schools in the second year.

The Initiative will continue to serve 2100 girls in the Young Women's STEM Leadership Academy in Grand Prairie and Young Women's STEAM Academy at Balch Springs.
Program outcomes and impact are measured with evaluation instruments through our program partners Center for Non Profit Management including interactive applications in our information, media and technology tools.

The FOFM Youth STEM Initiative curriculum aligns to Texas State standards. Program outcomes and impact are measured with a number of evaluation instruments through our program partner Center for Non Profit Management.

Program activities:
- 1,640 students will receive a guided Museum tour and on-site educational program that introduces students to aviation and space with emphasis on STEM. Students will have broadened awareness of STEM principles in aerospace.
- 2,150 students will receive an outreach education program at school with an emphasis on STEM and hands-on experiential learning. Programs may include presentations, Career Talks, STEM Night and other activities providing experiential knowledge and understanding of basic STEM principles in aviation and space.
- 650 students will participate in Engineers Week activities at the Museum, with STEM related demonstrations, hands-on activities and presentations to reinforce learning and provide a better understanding of STEM careers.
- 60 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades will participate in a one-week immersive camp during Spring Break which provides an in-depth STEM based experience. Camp activities will increase analytical and problem solving skills through experimentation and hands-on learning and strengthen team building and leadership skills.
- 30 paid internships provided for upper-class students to assist teachers with the Museum's spring break STEM camp (10 internships) and STEM summer camp classes (20 internships). Students will further develop their leadership and mentoring skills.
- 20 Summer Camp Scholarships provided for students to attend summer camp classes at Frontiers of Flight Museum to strengthen confidence in pursuing a STEM major in college.
- 30 students will participate in the Youth Volunteer Program to develop increased leadership and mentoring skills while building confidence and self-esteem.
- 2,130 students will experience the Space Portal Odyssey Capsule (SPOC) portable planetarium.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum’s mission is to educate, motivate, and inspire all ages in North Texas by presenting aviation and space flight history and innovation through our comprehensive exhibits, collections, programming, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum. The Museum’s exhibits and educational programs offer a rich interactive learning laboratory for students of all ages, illustrating the application of STEM principles and furthering learning and interest in those areas.

The Museum has implemented STEM educational programs reaching more than 35,000 students annually, the majority of whom are under-served and at-risk, providing services at the Museum and at schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. The goal is to broaden the awareness of and interest in STEM fields through aviation and space experiential learning, leading to pursued interest in post-secondary STEM degrees and career pathways.

Program activities include guided Museum tours and onsite educational programs, aerodynamics programs at the schools, student participation in Engineers Week activities at the Museum, a one-week immersive camp during Spring Break, and STEM summer camps.

Major outreach initiatives include the Summer Mini-Camp in south Dallas, the Young Women's STEM Leadership Initiative, the Youth STEM Initiative, and the SPOC portable planetarium programs for under-served youth. In total these programs reach more than 11,000 under-served youth.

Museum education programs are supported by three full-time education staff as well as contract educators to provide the portable planetarium programs, staff spring break and summer camps, and provide other programming as needed. More than 100 volunteers as well as paid interns assist.

Our STEM education programs have grown in the past 5 years from serving 6,000 students to more than 35,000 this past year. A new Space Flight Gallery with interactive learning experiences is being created, which will further expand educational capabilities within the Museum. Outreach programs are being expanded this year to serve more area schools.

Financials

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Operations

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Frontiers of Flight Museum Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2018
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Board chair

Mr. David Norton

Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

Term: 2017 - 2019

David Carruth

Carruth & Northern, Inc.

Chris Davis

UPS

Dan Hamilton

Peter C Huff

Chris Jones

CTJ Investments, L.P.

David Norton

Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP

David R Webb

Cynthia Weber

Michael Brosler

PlaneSmart! Aviation

Kevin Brooks

PPG Aerospace

Suzy Fulton

Appspace, Inc.

Elsa Manzanares

Akerman LLP

Kim Smith

Texas Instruments

James White

Palisade Capital, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes