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Dear ASK Supporters,

Considering the racial environment that we are currently in, both locally and globally, we at ASK are taking this time to remind ourselves why we are here and the importance of the work that we do.  We understand that there is injustice and inequality in the world.  We also understand it doesn't have to be that way, which is why we are even more energized to stay true to our mission to serve children of color, specifically children of African descent.  Our founder, Bob Strickland, and founding board member Hank Miggins, both lived during a time where they and other Black men were not privileged to fly airplanes and founded ASK to ensure kids, kids from their communities and who looked like them, would not have that same experience based on the color of their skin alone.  Founded in 1992, ASK has been a staple in what was once the heart of the Black community in N/NE Portland.  Although the community has gone through changes, we are still committed to Bob's dreams of ensuring young Black children are introduced to the field of aviation to broaden their horizons.  To say Black Lives Matter is an understatement to us.  We also believe Black education matters, Black opportunities matter, Black children matter! We understand that our young Black children, and their families, are dealing with two pandemics simultaneously: COVID-19 and systemic racism, which is why we have put measures in place to ensure we are still connected to our children.  While we are saddened to see the injustice our kids are dealing with, we are also pleased to know that ASK has been, and continues to be, an ally for not only the lives, but also the educational growth of Black children. 


Oh behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff at ASK, we thank you for your support.

Julia Cannell

Executive Director, Airway Science for Kids

Make it Monday 

Make It Monday Wind in Your Socks: A windsock is one of the simplest but most useful tools for pilots. We will create our own windsocks to help us explore wind strength and direction in relation to aviation. Make your windsock here.

Take it Tuesday

Take Apart Tuesday Which Wing Wins: We will virtually explore the importance of wing shape and construction, then use knowledge to design wing and ailerons on a paper airplane that flies farthest, highest, and straightest. Click here!

What are you wondering Wednesday

What Do CheeseBalls Have to Do with Bernoulli? :  Using strips of paper, cheese balls, and bendy straws, we will experiment with Bernoulli's principle and see how it applies to flight.  Try this or maybe this!

Think about it Thursday

Overcoming Gravity with Force: We will use balloons, straws, and string to investigate how much force it takes for takeoff of various weights. Build yours here!

Field Trip Friday

Virtual Field Trip to Normandy: Our team traveled to Normandy, France for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We will follow them as they explore this historic place, the planes that were instrumental in that fateful day, and talk with experts.  Watch on YouTube.

Sounds & Shadows Saturday

 Lower the Boom: We will use TED-Ed video "The sonic boom problem" to learn about what creates a sonic boom, then conduct experiments designed by NASA to explore sound waves and how we can control sound.

Soaring Sunday 

FP-9 Flights: We will design our own versions of a glider made from a 9 inch foam plate and take them outside for a fly-off. Get your guide here.

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