Aviation for Girls

2016

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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AVIATION FOR Girls 2016 13 Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, wants to plant seeds for an aviation future in its campers. PreFlight is a four-day aviation camp for pre- teen and teenage girls, inspired by the legacy of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first female military pilots of World War II, and their his- tory. The camp provides girls with meaningful hands-on aviation activities, team-building exercises, and role models designed to improve self-esteem and inspire the girls to think about aviation career possibilities. Women Soar You Soar is a four-day aviation learning experience spon- sored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) each year in con- junction with its annual fly-in, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. High school-age girls spend their days surrounded by some of aviation's best and bright- est mentors: women who are succeeding in science, technology, aviation, and more. Women Soar uses both STEM activities, team-building activi- ties, and the fly-in itself—the world's largest general aviation event—to in- troduce the girls to all the possibilities that exist for them across the broad spectrum of the aviation and space industries. Women Soar is a great excuse for heading to the big fly-in with the fam- ily. Teens can have a little independence, and for the even younger crowd there is KidVenture, a decidedly wonderful way to pique the imagination of even the youngest potential aviators. Co-Ed Rules! If you are looking for a co-ed experience there are plenty of opportuni- ties waiting in the aviation world as well. EAA Air Academy is the group's co-ed aviation camp option, with activities for middle and high schoolers scheduled before and during AirVenture each year. EAA Air Academy cadets have their facilities in dedicated buildings on the grounds of the EAA AirVenture Museum near Wittman Regional Airport in Osh kosh, Wisconsin. All of the camps use the museum's labs, classrooms, and interactive exhibits as part of their activities. Not planning a Wisconsin pilgrimage? If your base of operations is in the southeastern U.S. then Pensacola's National Flight Academy sits on the Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, right next to one of the premier aviation muse- ums in the U.S., the Naval Aviation Mu- seum. The Naval Aviation Foundation administrates NFA, ensuring that it can provide sponsored camp sessions each year with targeted fundraising. "Delta Air Lines sponsors 100 campers, all children or relatives of Delta employ- ees, each year," said John O'Hara, director of education for NFA. Several Florida coun- ties also send sponsored students, as does the New Orleans Housing Authority, and other entities. The program has a dedicated building that is outfitted to resemble an aircraft carrier inside and out. It even pipes in the soundtrack of the massive carrier engines throbbing and vi- brating when underway, punctuated by the scream of jet engines and the pounding of heavy aircraft slamming on the carrier deck at regular inter- vals. Without reference to the outside, it is easy for campers to imagine themselves at sea. The sound effects and hallway decorations are just window dressing, Want More Info? PreFlight Aviation Camp www.PreFlightCamp.com EAA Air Academy www.EAA.org/airacademy EAA Women Soar You Soar www.EAA.org/womensoar Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University summercamps.erau.edu/camps Mission Aviation Adventure Camps www.brigadeair.org National Flight Academy www.NationalFlightAcademy.com Nikki Kukwa Camp tinyurl.com/NikkiKukwaCamp Parks College parks.slu.edu/future-students/ pre-college/summer-academy/ aviation-summer-academy Space Camp and Aviation Challenge www.SpaceCamp.com SUN 'n FUN www.sun-n-fun.org/educational-programs/ Virginia Space Flight Academy www.VASpaceAcademy.org Students learn to plan flight missions and then carry them out over the course of their camp session.

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