Megalodon CAME January 31, 2015 Mid-America Air Museum
Megalodon: The Largest Shark That Ever Lived
WAS HERE January 31 - May 3, 2015!!!!
This traveling exhibit was on display at the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, KS from January 31 through May 3, 2015. This exhibit fits with current efforts to greatly expand Liberal as THE education tourist-attracting hub of Southwest Kansas. The Megalodon exhibit was created by the Florida Museum of Natural History and has been widely viewed in major metropolitan museums. The exhibit themes are broad subject areas interpreted for visitors. Storylines, like chapters of a book, weave subject matter facts into short stories covering specific portions of the theme’s larger plot. Megalodon contains well researched text reader boards, models, specimens and supporting educational materials tied to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) core curriculum standards. The exhibit is designed to be self-supporting and requires only a protected venue to display it; however, local volunteer talent will be expanding the exhibit to include exciting audio/visual materials in both Spanish and English.
Megalodon was structured similar to last year’s Dinosaurs of Kansas exhibit which also was a partnership between MAAM Foundation and the Mid-America Air Museum (City of Liberal). With local business funding, 7,645 field trip school children from 26 school districts were afforded free admission during the five-week dinosaur’s stay in Liberal. Total attendance including those field trips was 20,170.
For information regarding donations and sponsorships to assist with the exhibit, please Email
Nancy Parsons Or By Phone :(620)629-0828.
The 2015 Kansas Aviation Art Contest - Winners announced!
Each year Kansas students have a unique opportunity to participate in an International Aviation Art Contest. The contest is sponsored in the United States by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) but each state has a sponsoring office or organization. The MAAM Foundation and the Mid-America Air Museum are jointly sponsoring the contest in Kansas.
Students that are ages 6 – 17 can submit their artwork that they have created based on the 2015 theme, “World Air Games”. Student artwork must be postmarked by January 23, 2015. The Mid-America Air Museum is collecting the submitted pictures and the MAAM Foundation will sponsor and arrange for the judging of the pictures. First through fourth place winners will be selected in 3 age categories: 6 – 9 years, 10 – 13 years, and 14- 17 year olds.
The artwork will be judged on how the artist interprets the theme, uses their creativity and talent, and also how they adhere to the contest rules. The Kansas winners will receive a certificate of award and recognition at a ceremony at the Mid-America Air Museum. The winning artwork will also be prominently displayed for all to enjoy at the Museum for the month of March. Be sure to visit the museum and see the winning artwork display.
There are specific contest rules for submitting an entry. The format is on 11 x 17 inch paper and the medium can be non-smudging type materials such as watercolor, acrylic, indelible marker or felt-tip pens, etc. The following media is not permitted: pencil, charcoal, computer generated artwork, or collage work involving the use of photocopies.
Nancy Parsons, MAAM Foundation Board Member, urges students to submit their entries for each year's art contest, “We want to see as many entries as possible. It’s wonderful to see how the students have researched the theme and learned more about the science and technology behind aviation. This is such an exciting contest where students can use their creative abilities to express what they’ve researched.”
The contest brochure is sent to all schools in Kansas and may also be accessed and printed by going to the MAAM Foundation website: www.maamfndn.org. All contest entries should be sent to the Mid-America Air Museum, PO Box 2199, Liberal, KS 67905. All entries must be postmarked by January on a specific date indicated in that year's brochure or dropped off at the museum at 2000 West Second Street to be eligible for inclusion in the contest.
Click here for the 2015 Kansas Aviation Art Contest brochure.