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August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

The Future of Flight is a wonderful public-private collaboration which is maturing quickly. The $25M facility is only four years old, but it has already welcomed over 750,000 paid visitors plus several hundred thousand other guests. One of the most notable achievements is the education program, which is in its second year of stimulating students and lighting a spark of innovation in their young minds. Another success has been in development of exhibits. The Foundation has received over $20M in exhibits, cash and in-kind gifts which complement the Boeing Tour.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Motivating the staff and volunteers to go the extra mile to provide high quality experiences and programs which stimulate the public.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand the circle of partners and supporters in aerospace and education.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The energy and customer focus demonstrated by the staff and volunteers, especially in education programs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Rejuvenate the exhibits and hire a full-time education team which would enrich students with science and technology programs.

Ways to make it better...

We could do it all at once up front. Education, exhibits, visitor experience, meeting hosting...all demand staff time and funds. The Future of Flight is making great progress in all these areas, but with each success comes more challenges.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The public interest and willingness to support the Future of Flight is there now. Our main challenge is in raising the funds to complete the work plans in education and exhibits.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Future of Flight is similar to a startup company. It has climbed a steep learning curve as a public attraction, meeting venue and educational center. There is a growing list of partners in this venture and many successes already.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 31, 2010

The Future of Flight Foundation is taking off. The foundation is tasked with creating an environment to cultivate curiosity and stimulate imagination. This is done through it's education program, exhibits, events, and foreign exchange program. Over the past year, the Future of Flight has spent considerable time and resources in developing the Flights of Innovation Education Program. This is an immersive based learning model that pairs local schools with tools, resources, and educators to encourage students to use their creativity, teamwork, and research to solve real world problems that do not have one solution. The final project is for them to present to the audience their solution, which was derived from their research. The amount of passion and energy shown, by the students is indicative of putting 100% effort into learning. The skills that they take out of the process relates to public speaking, math and science, working in a team, logic, and the idea that every member can be an important part of the team. I witnessed one student who throughout the school year was too shy to speak up in class, but desired to present at the final presentation. He did, his classmates cheered, and the smile on his face showed that he broke through a barrier by going way beyond his comfort level. There are many stories like this that demonstrate that by giving students a venue, you can have them accomplish things that are difficult to be taught in a classroom based environment. The exhibit committee has been working to create an environment that inspires, challenges, and encourages thought. This is a great organization that is a huge asset to the local community, but is also one that is experienced by hundreds of thousands from around the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced the education program, seen the new exhibits on the floor and have heard about the exhibits that are being considered for the future. I have have also witnessed the stories from the exchange students from around the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing it grow... When I first was exposed to the Future of Flight Foundation there was not an education program and we were still defining the mission of the foundation. We have made huge leaps, are heading in the right direction! The future is bright.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very enthusiastic about the Future of Flight, very passionate about telling the story of the foundation, where aviation has been and where it is going. Very friendly and you can tell they love being here.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fully develop the education program, design and develop exhibits that educate, inspire and create curiosity. The community is loving what they are seeing, and want more than we have the resources to handle.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 30, 2010

The Furture of Flight Foundtion truly has a global story, told locally. From the local school children whose eyes light up in our "Flights of Innovation" program, to the neighbors and employees in our state's world-class aviation industry who come to see the exhibits, to our international student exchange participants, to the U.S. and international tourists--people come to imagine the possibilities of flight and innovation. It is an organization with an exciting mission, dedicated to leveraging its resources to inspire the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the students explore and immerse themselves in innovation.

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The Future of Flight provides a wonderful "hands on" educational experience through their project based curriculum called "Flights of Innovation." This educational experience provides students with a learning foundation regarding the power of innovation culminating in a state of the art facility. We can all take "flight" by watching our "future" capture the power of innovation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through serving on the Board and as a member of the Education Committee

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2010

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I was the Boeing project manager involved in pulling together this unique public, private and non-profit collaboration. Working together with others, we developed an exciting and relevant mission, the goal of which is to excite people about innovation, and more importantly the process of innovation. Engaging the the next generation of leaders to take interest in STEM and innovation is our prime focus. Asked to serve on the board, I was involved in a number of committees, and eventually selected to be its chair. It is an honor to serve with this dedicated and hard-working group of people who have great ideas and leverage our funds to maximize impact to the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Two areas: Education and Exhibits. The Flights of Innovation Education program is leading edge, and augments the classroom teacher's curriculum. It uses our exhibits to give hands-on experiences for the students.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication, and talent, the board brings forward in helping us serve our mission and reach our goals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...would...be the genesis of change for future leaders to develop innovative solutions for some of the global challenges facing us...by exciting and enbabling today's students to realize: we can.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 30, 2010

The Future of Flight is an excellent vehicle to stimulate the interest of chilfren in Science, Math, Engineering and Aviation. It is also Boeinng's Visitors Center and attracts both local schools and adults but a national and international audience. The facility works to celebrate innovation and allows visitors to both observe and participate aviation and related fields. Many museums focus on the past, the Future of Flight loooks ahead.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My visits and assisting in guiding future plans and their implementation.

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2010

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August 30, 2010

Great facility and opportunity for our local community and out of state guests to immerse themselves into a unique learning environment. A visit can excite and stimulate ones interest in aviation and what the future might hold for the next generation of airplane builders and designers. To this end the Future of Flight Foundation has created a fresh curriculum based program that allows our local schools and their students to participate real time with Future of Flight and experience what aviation does and will offer in the future. Great model for other non-profits to consider.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seen first hand the Foundation reach into the community with goal of enhancing aviation education opportunities for kids.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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