SkyTrekkers to Bring the World Into Classrooms; The Prudential Foundation Offers Youngsters E-Learning Experience.
Business Editors/Education Writers
NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2001
The Prudential Foundation invites children, of all ages to travel along the famous Kangaroo Route The Kangaroo Route is a term trademarked by Qantas to denote passenger airline flights between Australia and the United Kingdom, via the Eastern Hemisphere.  These flights generally have a stopover along the Southeast Asia flight corridor. with Jean Turnbull, pilot, Margaret Ringenberg Margaret Ringenberg (b. June 17, 1921, Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American aviator, who has logged more than 40,000 hours of flying time during her career. Career and accomplishments , co-pilot, and crew member Priscilla Myers, as they compete in the upcoming historic London-to-Sydney Air Race 2001.
The team of aviators Well-known aviators
People largely known for their contributions to the history of aviation
While all of these people were pilots (and some still are), many are also noted for contributions in areas such as aircraft design and manufacturing, navigation or , known as SkyTrekkers, will be one of 50 teams of professional and amateur aviators from all over the world that will compete in the 28-day, 12,000 mile race over the longest air route between London and Sydney. The race, to be conducted under the Rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale begins on March 11 from Biggin Hill Coordinates: Biggin Hill is a place in the London Borough of Bromley in London, England. It lies on the Bromley to Westerham road (A233). RAF aerodrome
It hosted the "Operations Room" for the Operation Crossbow V-1 flying bomb defense. airfield, near London and end on April 7.
To engage the youngsters, The Prudential Foundation partnered with the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, MD to offer an interactive educational opportunity for middle school students to experience SkyTrekkers and the race in motion.
"We see this race as a chance for children to travel around the world from their school, community library or even from the comforts of their own home," said Gabriella Morris, President of The Prudential Foundation and vice president of Community Resources. "Not only will they be able to see and learn about other cultures, terrain and weather patterns, they will be able to have fun through the interactive web-based activities."
SkyTrekkers, flying a Beechcraft Baron The Beechcraft Baron is a light-twin-engine piston aircraft originally developed by Beech Aircraft Corporation and currently manufactured by the Beechcraft Division of Raytheon Aircraft (now Hawker Beechcraft). 58, will journey through 28 ports of call in 17 countries, including Greece, Crete, India, Thailand, and Timor. They will soar over ancient ruins at Luxor, Egypt; the Taj Mahal Taj Mahal (täzh məhäl`, täj məhŭl`), mausoleum, Agra, Uttar Pradesh state, N India, on the Yamuna River. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian at Agra, India and Ayers Rock Ayers Rock
Rock outcrop, southwestern Northern Territory, Australia. Called Uluru by the Australian Aborigines and located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, it is 1,100 ft (335 m) high and may be the world's largest monolith. in the Australian Outback.
"As crew, I will be documenting our itinerary and interacting with the children and I am very excited about what the children may be able to take away from this competitive voyage," said Priscilla Myers, senior vice president at The Prudential Insurance Company of America, the major sponsor of the SkyTrekkers team. "I hope that our partnership with The Prudential Foundation and Living Classroom Foundation helps make their science, history and geography studies genuine and easier to grasp as they travel with us through these fun and educational activities."
Using web-cams and laptops, SkyTrekkers will bring the world into classrooms each day to share the historic significance of the flight and to highlight the unique cultures of the countries and the wonders of the world Various Wonders of the World lists have been compiled over the ages in order to catalogue the most spectacular natural and manmade constructions. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of remarkable manmade creations of classical antiquity, and was based on they visit during their journey. The team will also send a postcard from each country to participating classrooms.
The Living Classrooms Foundation (LCF LCF - Logic for Computable Functions ) will provide educational Internet activities and lessons, matched to national educational content standards, and other resources for teachers to use in the classrooms. The first activities will be posted one week before the race starts. New lessons and activities will be posted every week throughout the race. Teachers can access the free educational materials by visiting the SkyTrekkers web site at www.skytrekkers.com.
"We are pleased to be partnering with the Prudential Foundation on this project, which will bring national education standards to the classroom in the context of this very exciting and dynamic race event," said Parker Rockefeller, Senior Vice President and Director of Development for LCF.
The London/Sydney Air Race is part of Australia's Centenary of Federation celebration and marks only the fourth time such a race has been held -- the first marking the feat by Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith For other persons named Keith Smith, see Keith Smith (disambiguation).
Keith Smith(1952-2006) was a former English rugby player; he excelled in playing centre. He first played with Yorkshire Colts rugby then advanced to Roundhay. in the Vickers Vimy The Vickers Vimy was a British heavy bomber aircraft of the First World War and post-First World War era. It achieved success as both a military and civil aircraft, blazing new trails in long-distance flights in the interwar period. airplane in 1919. The race retraces the 1919 route of the first aerial odyssey from England to Australia which demonstrated the feasibility of long distance air travel. Cash prizes were offered to the first pilot to link the heart of the British empire with its far flung commonwealth by flying the race in 30 days or less.
Living Classrooms Foundation is a nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. that has worked since 1985 to provide a wide range of innovative educational programming for children and youth. The Foundation has extensive experience developing and implementing educational interventions for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Currently, the Foundation operates 38 programs, with over 50,000 student days of instruction per year. Utilizing maritime settings and other challenging learning environments and a 1:5 staff to student ratio, the programs emphasize the applied learning of math, science, language arts, history, economics, and ecology. Key objectives of all Living Classrooms programs are career development, cooperative learning cooperative learning Education theory A student-centered teaching strategy in which heterogeneous groups of students work to achieve a common academic goal–eg, completing a case study or a evaluating a QC problem. See Problem-based learning, Socratic method. , elevating self-esteem, and fostering multicultural exchange.
Founded in 1977, The Prudential Foundation is the nonprofit grant-making organization of The Prudential Insurance Company of America. It is part of Prudential's Community Resources Division, a strategic combination of three units: the Foundation, which strives to build children and families' self sufficiency; the Social Investment Program, which originates and manages socially beneficial investments; and Local Initiatives, which coordinates employee volunteerism and fosters community partnerships.
As one of only three all-female teams into the race, the SkyTrekkers team includes:
Jean Turnbull, 57, is the team's pilot-in-command. Jean has almost 20 years of flying experience. Last June, Jean participated in her first air race -- the Air Race Classic. The Classic is a long distance all-women's event held annually in the United States. Jean recently retired from a career in investment banking where she developed a national reputation for her expertise in the field of energy co-generation. She resides in Cape Cod, MA.
Margaret Ringenberg, 79, is the team's co-pilot. Margaret served the United States as a WASP (Women's Air Force Service Pilot) in WWI WWI
World War I
WWI World War One and became a flight instructor in 1945. She has been racing since 1957 in events including the Illi-Nines Air Race, the Powder Puff Derby The Powder Puff Derby was the name given to a transcontinental air race for women pilots inaugurated in 1947. For the next two years it was named the "Jacqueline Cochran All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race" (AWTAR). , the Michigan SMALL Race. From the time she first soloed in 1941 until she completed the "Round the World" Air Race in 1994 at age 72, she has logged over 40,000 hours. In the last few years, Margaret has been busy lecturing about her aviation experiences and has also authored a book -- Girls Can't Be Pilots. Margaret's remarkable aviation history has also been chronicled in a chapter of Tom Brokaw's bestseller, The Greatest Generation. A grandmother, Margaret lives in Grabill, Indiana and has been married for over 54 years.
Priscilla Myers, 51, senior vice president, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, who is the crew member responsible for all administrative aspects of the trip, including maintaining the website, www.skytrekkers.com and securing sponsorship. At Prudential, she leads the company's demutualization Demutualization
The process of changing corporate structure from a mutual fund company to some other form, such as a limited liability or corporation.
This means mutual/life insurance companies convert from policyholder companies to stock companies. efforts -- overseeing the extensive coordination, review and monitoring of all activities involved in Prudential's transformation from a mutually held company into a public company. She lives in Morristown, New Jersey Morristown is a town in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 18,544. Its estimated population in 2004 was 18,842. It is the county seat of Morris CountyGR6. .