Screenshot from the film "Living in the Age of Airplanes" by National Geographic Studios
On the grand scale of time, humans have only very recently been able to travel farther than their own feet can take them. Living in the Age of Airplanes explores the ways in which the world has changed as transportation has evolved, especially in the years since airplanes were invented. From increased cultural exchange to the rapid globalization of trade and migration, aviation has changed the way humans interact with one another and the planet.
Use this collection to explore activities, media, and history articles related to the film's themes of human migration, globalization, and the history of aviation.
Students map the origins of a pencil, predict and map trade and transport networks, and relate what they learn to globalization.
Students explore the ways in which they are globally connected by identifying and mapping where the products they use come from, and then analyzing the import and export patterns.
Watch the Film
Living in the Age of Airplanes takes audiences on an epic journey through 18 countries and across all seven continents as it presents a unique perspective on the profound ways that aviation has transformed our lives, connecting countries and cultures while expanding horizons and minds.
Grades K-12 Educator Guide
As the first and only African American to fly solo around the globe, Barrington Irving has also created a nonprofit organization, Experience Aviation, which takes students out of classrooms and into a cockpit. Students are able to learn hands-on math and science, while exploring their passion for aviation.