Free DVDs from the Fairfax Network
DVDs for Educational Institutions
The following programs are available on DVD — free of charge — to educational institutions. The free DVDs are in limited supply and were provided via limited grant funding from our partnership with the National Air & Space Museum with grants from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation; and from our partnership with George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens. You may request any two (2) free DVDs by using the Google Forms below. Or you may send your request on school, agency, or organization letterhead. Please indicate which two DVDs you are requesting, and include your telephone number and e-mail address.
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NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM PARTNERSHIP
These DVDs are provided free of charge by generous grants from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association & the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation.
Flight School 1: Inspired to Fly — Audience: Students in Grades 4-8. Watch the Video
- Introduces the principles and practices of early powered flight.
Flight School 2: Higher, Faster, Farther! — Audience: Students in Grades 4-8. Watch the Video
- Explores revolutionary innovations in flight speed, distance, and aviation technology.
Flight School 3: Blast Off!!! — Audience: Students in Grades 4-8. Watch the Video
- Examines the history of rocket-propelled flight, the space race, the lunar landing, and the space shuttle program.
Flight School 4: From Above — Audience: Students in Grades 4-8. Watch the Video
- Explores what flying above the Earth teaches us about the planet and its inhabitants.
Flight School 5: On the Red Planet — Audience: Students in Grades 4-8. Watch the Video
- Explores how scientist are studying the Red Planet and what that information tells us about our own planet.
Innovation Workshop: Building Discovery — Audience: Students in Grades 5-8. Watch the Video
- Explores the engineering, science, and design process that led to the innovation of the space shuttle.
Innovation Workshop: Harnessing the Sun — Audience: Students in Grades 5-8. Watch the Video
- Highlights the science and engineering of how radiant energy is transformed into other useful forms of energy.
MOUNT VERNON PARTNERSHIP
These DVDs are provided free of charge by a generous partnership with George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens.
The Challenges of Nationhood: Presidential Perspectives — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Historical interpreters — portraying the founding fathers Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison — talk about the sometimes tumultuous relationships that they formed while founding the nation.
The Constitution and Executive Power — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Students and educators joined host Julie Silverbrook, executive director of The Constitutional Sources Project, and historians Joseph Ellis and Carol Berkin for an exploration of executive powers.
Creating george WASHINGTON — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Students get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of george WASHINGTON, an orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds.
First in War: George Washington and the American Revolution — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
A panel of historians explores how Washington’s leadership was instrumental in securing American independence. —
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Cokie Roberts hosts this fascinating discussion of the struggles to establish a nation as seen through the eyes of our nation's first First Ladies: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison.
Fractured Union — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Historical interpreters — portraying Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Mason — offer high school students a close look at the statesmen engaged in heated discussions.
Funding a Nation: Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton — Audience: Educators. Watch the Video
Our first president and two members of his cabinet discuss and debate the ways and means of financing the government of our fledgling nation. —
Hear My Story: The Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Historical interpreters take us back to 1792 and discuss what the new constitution will mean to the enslaved communities. Bographical sketches of the slaves portrayed in the video are available at https://www.fcps.edu/node/40574.
History Meets Hollywood — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
A panel of guests discuss what students learn about history through popular film, how those films are used by teachers, and the merits of “dramatization” as a way to depict history.
History Notes: The Music of Washington's World — Audience: Students in Grades 6-9. Watch the Video
Students discover the music of Pre-Revolutionary America including music written about George Washington, music heard on the battlefields and in the ballroom, and the traditional songs of African slaves. Resources from Mount Vernon include American Colonist Protest Song, writing a protest song; and George Washington in Song, investigating the significance of “Yankee Doodle.
I Ain't No Three Fifths of a Person: Slavery and the Constitution — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Students hear the perspectives of key members of the Mount Vernon and Monticello enslaved communities to major events during the founding of our nation. Bographical sketches of the slaves portrayed in the video are available at https://www.fcps.edu/node/40574.
Inaugural Visions: Presidents Washington to Obama — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12. Watch the Video
Our panel of guests looks at the presidential inaugurations from George Washington to Barack Obama and lead students in discussions on how Americans choose leaders.
Nation to Nation — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Recorded at the Oklahoma History Center, this program explores whether Washington’s Indian diplomacy and policies set the stage for 19th century American policy.
Primarily George — Audience: Educators
Educators from Mount Vernon, the National Archives, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Papers of George Washington highlight online primary sources.
The Real George Washington — Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Hosted by award-winning journalist, Cokie Roberts, this program features Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough who shares his insights into George Washington’s significance in the founding of our nation. Discover the Real George Washington website and interactive timeline is a resource from Mount Vernon.
The Real Martha Washington — Audience: Students in Grades 3-5. Watch the Video
- Mrs. Washington’s incredibly full and vibrant life is portrayed by historical interpreters. The interpreters answers questions posed by the student audience and from e-mails.
Seed to Table: Farming at Mount Vernon — Audience: Students in Grades K-5. Watch the Video
George Washington was an ambitious and practical man, whose passion was working on and improving his land. Students learn about George Washington as a farmer and a businessman. Seed to Table Teacher Manual
Shaping the Presidency — Audience: Students in Grades 8-12. Watch the Video
Our panel of guests looks back at how Washington had a profound impact on defining the office of the president. Shaping the Presidency Teacher Guide
Slavery at Mount Vernon — Audience: Students in Grades 8-12
This program examines the lives of the enslaved community at Mount Vernon as well as George Washington’s changing attitudes toward slavery.