Air Camp Expands Aviation Adventures in 2016

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Air Camp inspires middle school students to develop and expand a passion for the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by exploring these subjects as they apply to aviation and aeronautics. They learn the science and evolution of flight, take the controls during an actual flight under the guidance of a certified pilot instructor and collaborate with their peers in immersive activities at a variety of significant aviation sites, businesses and attractions throughout the Dayton area.

Air Camp students take a short course in flight training and fly a plane.

Air Camp students travel to Dayton’s one-of-a-kind aviation sites from their home base at Wright State University, including curriculum created for the new wing at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

For its seventh year, Air Camp is offering a unique aviation experience during its summer camps as well as expanding programming with an Air Camp experience for STEM teachers in the fall. Air Camp is designed to inspire middle school students to learn the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) behind aviation and aeronautics through immersed learning activities and allowing students to experience the thrill of piloting a plane.

In summer 2016, three camp sessions will offer engaging experiences as students travel to Dayton’s one-of-a-kind aviation sites from their home base at Wright State University, including curriculum created for the new fourth hangar addition at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Applications for the summer camps are now being accepted at http://www.AirCampUSA.com.

“Air Camp is building on its six years of success to expand our reach to more students to pursue further education and careers in STEM subjects,” says Vince Russo, who was newly elected as president of the Air Camp Board of Trustees on March 1, 2016. “We look forward to offering more camp sessions to more age groups in the future.”

“Air Camp has developed an exciting, aviation-focused STEM curriculum and we are in discussions about the possibility of providing greater access to the Air Camp experience year-round to students throughout Ohio and nationwide in the future,” says Shannon Coblentz, director of operations for Air Camp. “We hope to develop new events in the coming year as well as expand the sharing of components of our curriculum with teachers so that they can bring key aspects of Air Camp to their students in the classroom.” Coblentz was named the director of operations for Air Camp in January. She brings extensive experience in education for young learners, having been a teacher and a principal in Ohio for more than a decade.

Summer Sessions for Middle School Students: June 12-17, June 19-24, and July 17-22
During the week-long sessions, Air Camp students discover the exciting aviation resources of the Dayton region. The June sessions take place before and after the Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 18 and 19, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, which students and their parents may choose to attend.

Air Camp activities include:

  • Observing flight operations at the Dayton International Airport
  • Touring behind the scenes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force and meeting scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory

-Taking a short course in flight training at Sinclair Community College
-Flying a drone and piloting a plane at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport
-Visiting Dayton History sites to see the origins of flight, including a Wright Brothers’ plane
-Viewing international flight patterns at the Boonshoft Museum

Students will be chosen for each session through a competitive application process. Applications are available online at http://www.AirCampUSA.com for students entering the seventh through ninth grades in the fall of 2016. A teacher recommendation is required and tuition is $995 per student, with a limited number of need-based scholarships available. The initial deadline for applications is April 30.

Second Annual Teachers Air Camp: September 30-October 2
For the second year, Air Camp will hold a weekend workshop for up to 30 Ohio educators who teach STEM subjects. Priority will be given to sixth through eighth grade teachers. The Air Camp summer curriculum has been redesigned for the classroom to make STEM subjects come alive while aligning with Ohio's Learning Standards. The objective is to allow teachers to share Air Camp’s instructional techniques and tools with thousands of students throughout Ohio and the nation.

About Air Camp
Hosted in the Dayton, Ohio region – the birthplace of aviation – Air Camp supports education in the science, technology, engineering and math of aviation and aeronautics, designed to inspire middle school students, through in-residence, week-long summer camps and educator workshops. Air Camp is a not-for-profit organization supported by donations from generous educational institutions, foundations, businesses and individuals. For further information, visit http://www.aircampusa.com or look for us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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