NSA CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM AND SERVICE LEARNING

A hallmark of North Star Academy will be the development of attributes or assets, such as responsibility, integrity, and citizenship, in a manner that promotes strong character in the students.

Character education will be taught on a weekly basis.  The curriculum will be centered on great historical figures such as, Helen Keller, Benjamin Franklin, Ann Frank, the Wright Brothers, etc.  They will be great historical figures in all walks of life that showed the fundamentals the importance of strength of character.  Materials from Nest Publication as well as other materials will be used for direct instruction.  Each month a different character will be directly taught in structured settings by the building principal.  The students will extend their learning into the regular classroom through required monthly essays expanding what they learned from the study.  At the end of the year, a NSA literary publication will contain an essay from every child.

In addition to these direct lessons, matching the qualities and focus of the study with an area of service learning will enhance each character study.  As an example, when the students study Ann Frank, they will work with The Six Million Penny Project in money in memory of the Holocaust victims. 

In extending these studies, the students will see the importance and the result of applying their knowledge to a real life situation.

SEPTEMBER 2007

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

The Wright brothers, Orville ( August 19 , 1871 - January 30 , 1948 ) and Wilbur ( April 16 , 1867 - May 30 , 1912 ), were two Americans who are generally credited with building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight on December 17 , 1903 . In the two years afterward, they developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made mechanical fixed wing flight practical.

The brothers' fundamental breakthrough was their invention of " three axis-control ," which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard on fixed wing aircraft of all kinds. [1] From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on unlocking the secrets of control to conquer "the flying problem," rather than developing more powerful engines as some other experimenters did. Their U.S. patent 821,393 does not claim airplanes in general, but rather claims airplanes that are controlled by what were later termed ailerons .

Their careful wind tunnel tests produced better aeronautical data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers more effective than any before. [2]

They gained the mechanical skills essential for their success by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. Their work with bicycles in particular influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. [3]

The Wright brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been subject to counter-claims by various parties. Much controversy persists over the many competing claims of early aviators .

Please click on the links below to learn more about the Wright Brothers.