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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14 AVIATION FOR Girls 2016 however, compared to the interlinked and interactive air traffic control and flight simulations the camp runs. Students learn to plan flight missions and then carry them out over the course of their camp session. "The missions are scalable on the fly," said Aaron Myers, a camp supervisor. "If the group is doing great, we'll ramp up the difficulty, or vice versa, so they don't get frustrated," he explained. The whole program is designed to stealthily make them practice and grow their science, technology, engineering, and math skills. But the campers never notice, Myers added. Not Just Summer Fare NFA is one of many co-educational aviation-themed camp pro- grams that run year-round, and are designed to accommodate a range from individual campers to large school groups, with pro- grams tuned to several different age brackets. These programs can be set up as co-ed or single-sex, depending on the needs of the group attending. In the mid-Atlantic area Virginia Space Flight Academy, locat- ed near NASA's Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague Island, Virginia, holds six sessions of camp for 11- to 16-year-olds interested in rocketry, robotics, and just plain fun. The six-day sessions in- clude tours of the NASA facility and plenty of playtime interspersed with all that learning. Famil Time If you're younger than 10, a family-oriented camp is an experience that might suit you. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge, co- located at the same facility in Huntsville, Ala- bama, run a variety of programs that include families in a sleepover camp experience. These three- and four-day programs interspersed throughout the year are for families with children in the second through eighth grades. Trust me on this: Going to camp as a family is a blast. Three- and four-day programs interspersed throughout the year are for families with children. The aviation community offers lots of opportunities to get involved, and there are a ton of aviation oriented activities and camps you can hook into for more learning fun. MICHAEL M. McCART Y

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