The Wings Over Indiana documentary is a fantastic project for teachers, students, and the general public. Working with content experts at the Academy of Model Aeronautics and PBS WFYI allowed for stunning television.
Muncie, IN (PRWEB) June 28, 2013
“Wings Over Indiana,” a special one-hour edition of the science series, Indiana Expeditions, was awarded two Emmys by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-Lower Great Lakes Chapter. The television special, a collaboration between WFYI Productions, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics, was made possible by a NASA grant.
“Wings Over Indiana” was honored at the 44th Annual Emmy Awards Gala on June 1, 2013, for Crafts: Editor - Program, and Crafts: Technical Achievement. The show profiles astronauts and aviators of all ages using miniature cameras to provide viewers with the experience of sitting in the cockpits of airplanes, on the wingtips of gliders, and aboard model aircraft to experience the thrill of flight.
Aric Hartvig, producer of “Wings Over Indiana,” is proud of the accomplishment. “Working with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, in partnership with NASA, on the ‘Wings Over Indiana’ project was easily the most fun and interesting project I’ve ever worked on. This educational documentary has garnered a total of three Emmy Awards for WFYI-PBS 20 Indianapolis, a rare achievement and something we can all be proud of,” he said.
The video is hosted by Rick Crosslin, one of Indiana's most honored and respected science teachers. Crosslin traveled across the state and to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California to look at Indiana’s connections to the history and science of aviation. WFYI’s Indiana Expeditions videos use the concept of exploration to show how science impacts our everyday lives.
“‘The Wings Over Indiana’ documentary is a fantastic project for teachers, students, and the general public. Working with content experts at the Academy of Model Aeronautics and PBS WFYI allowed for stunning television. ‘Wings’ demonstrates how everyone can be an aviator,” Crosslin said.
The documentary is part of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Curious Scientific Investigators: Flight Adventures exhibit, which is funded through a NASA grant. AMA’s FPG-9, which was developed to provide an inexpensive aviation learning tool, is featured in the video. These devices, and other learning tools designed by the Academy of Model Aeronautics Education department, have been implemented as part of the AMA’s strategic plan to promote education through aviation. AMA’s exciting new programs include AMA Flight School, an online educational experience, and the new mobile model aviation experience: a traveling education simulator and video display vehicle.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 155,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the US and its territories. Headquartered in Muncie IN, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes.