STEM Education Through the Lens of Aviation
The Greene School Aeronautics Academy is reminiscent of an actual flight training center equipped with five flight simulator stations and separate classroom for weekly ground school and hands-on aeronautical engineering challenges. Students beginning at 4th grade through Middle school can choose aeronautics as an after school app or an elective. Elementary students complete a series of aviation challenges. The middle school students take a formal ground school course offered online through Virginia Teach titled, “IMFLY-M.” In addition, there is a self-paced series of flight skills they practice on the flight simulators.
Aeronautics academy instructor and founder of this program, Kaye Ebelt approaches STEM education through an aviation lens. Students begin by building a Cessna 172 Styrofoam model, learn basic aerodynamics, study weather, make weight and balance and fuel consumption calculations and in-flight decisions while utilizing the latest navigation technologies both on iPad and in the cockpit. In addition, students can be introduced to so many STEM fields through aeronautics from mechanics to commercial airline pilot to aerospace engineering. The sky is the limit!