To coincide with International Education Week and Aviation History Month, the Columbus Council on World Affairs is distributing an original classroom resource.
This resource, a game called "What Took You So Long?", is based on the 1964 flights of Newark, Ohio native, Jerrie Mock, and Joan Merriam Smith of Long Beach, California. Though they were not officially racing they were both eager to be the first woman to pilot a plane around the world. By 1964 men had already orbited the earth in outer space and it had been 27 years since Amelia Earhart's attempt to circle the globe with her navigator, Fred Noonan. Still, no woman had ever piloted an airplane around the world. The title of this resource also refers to the many phone calls and cables Jerrie Mock received from her husband along the way urging her to proceed with haste even when it wasn’t feasible or safe. Jerrie actually completed her flight first, but in this game, Joan's team members have a chance to "change history."
- Increase awareness of world regions and cultures
- Introduce basic skills and knowledge needed to work globally
- Increase knowledge of the historical development of technology
- Increase knowledge of science concepts related to aviation
- Increase awareness that ordinary individuals can accomplish extraordinary things
|"What Took You So Long?" (click to enable download)||A game about Jerrie Mock's flights.||Educational Game|