More than 25,000 Miami-Dade seventh-grade students were invited to experience the thrill of science and innovation this month at Kitty Hawk, an original, Broadway-style musical produced by the Arsht Center that retells the story of the Wright brothers and the invention of human flight. Ensuring accessibility for all, every student was invited to the theater at no charge and offered free transportation by the Arsht Center.
This captivating musical is the most significant expansion since 2010 of the Arsht Center's Learning through the Arts initiative -- a County-wide effort to integrate arts into classroom discovery, encouraging creativity and a passion for innovation.
Transforming STEM to STEAM by integrating Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Kitty Hawk extends well beyond the stage and includes a curriculum, workshops and activities that target youth under-represented in STEM career tracks.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ partnership with the Arsht Center has already benefitted thousands of students,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “Because of this partnership, this year, seventh graders will experience learning in a way that is tangible, visible, captivating, and fun. The Arsht Center’s presentation of Kitty Hawk joins performance and instruction to make learning entertaining for students.”
Learning through the Arts
Kitty Hawk was fueled by the overwhelming success of the Rock Odyssey musical and curriculum that has educated and entertained county’s fifth graders each year since 2009. The Kitty Hawk curriculum includes a classroom guide for seventh-grade teachers that also contains numerous activities in line with the learning standards for students at that grade level. Students are engaged in pre-performance activities, have discussions and debates, while participating in classroom experiences--all revolving around the Wright Brothers’ first flight and their own spirit of innovation.