The Air Force One Discovery Center is an immersive, educational experience designed
to inspire the next generation of student leaders. The Discovery Center allows students
to face the responsibilities and challenges faced by the Executive Branch, military,
and media. While visiting the Discovery Center, students will have the opportunity
to role play in a realistic, interactive environment. The historical scenario centers
on the military action taken on the island of Grenada in October of 1983. Students
become advisors to the President, top level military officials, members of the White
House Press Corps, or even President Reagan! Along with a combination of pre-visit
curriculum materials and post-visit activities, students will practice and improve
their critical thinking and decision-making skills.
As an educational experience, the Discovery Center aims to meet multiple History/Social
Science and English Language Arts standards. The curriculum is centered around the
California Content Standards and Frameworks. Click here to view the standards our program covers.
This room is a scaled replica of the Oval Office during
the Reagan administration. Students assigned to this module become presidential
advisors and must vote on the most effective way to protect the American medical
students trapped on the island of Grenada. Discussion in this module focuses on
international relations, the effects of military involvement in other countries,
and the high price of protecting and maintaining freedom.
COMMAND DECISION CENTER
Students chosen to be military officers are transported to a situation room aboard
an aircraft carrier. Students are tasked with planning "Operation Urgent Fury,"
the military invasion aimed at evacuating American students and establishing a democratic
government in Grenada. Discussion in this module focuses on military strategy, emphasizing
the safety of the students as the first priority of the mission.
Student news reporters will find themselves working in a replica of the White House
Press Room. They engage in uncovering the details of the highly classified "Operation
Urgent Fury." Discussion in this module focuses on relevancy of sources, the
freedoms of speech and press, and how the press can influence public opinion.
Ready to Book Your Visit?
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to book your visit or contact us at:
Air Force One Discovery Center
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
40 Presidential Drive, Suite 200
Simi Valley, California 93065
Activities are supported by a grant from the Donald W Reynolds Foundation. The Discovery
Center and all related curriculum materials are provided at no charge to student
groups. Limited bus scholarships are also available.