Making STEM Fly

Classroom to the Sky – Make STEM Fly!!

No matter the grade level, teachers are always looking for new, innovative ways to infuse important subject matter into their lessons. What teacher hasn’t been challenged by students with the proverbial, “when are we ever going to use this in real life” question? Classroom to the Sky at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) will provide teachers a day of hands-on experiences in order to answer that question!

September 28th, ACE Education Director Kimberly Brewer is going to “Make STEM Fly” with expanded grade-specific content. She recently took the helm of this annual event that the Central Florida education community has enjoyed for many years on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. “Being a teacher myself, I understand the challenges of state mandates, academic testing, and the list goes on,” she said. “At Classroom to the Sky, we will be providing material and experiences that teachers can immediately take back to their classrooms”. STEM is defined and designed to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects into various relevant education disciplines. Experienced speakers for the keynote and breakout sessions will provide elementary, middle and high school educators insights and tools to bring Aerospace Education to life in their classrooms.

In addition to grade-level break-out sessions, the day-long event will incorporate multiple hands-on opportunities, providing a personal experience that participants can learn from as well. Brewer says, “putting the concepts discussed in the sessions to use – even for teachers – is what education is all about”. Participants will experience ground school, hands-on assembly of a real airplane under construction, as well as an actual flight in a general aviation aircraft.

These experiences can be very stimulating and are not just for traditional science and math teachers. A middle school social science teacher took a flight in SUN ‘n FUN’s 1941 Stearman during the event last year. His excitement was contagious as he disembarked from the plane. ” I am teaching WWI now to my students” he said. “Experiencing this flight in one of the open cockpit planes used in the early part of the war as a trainer puts in perspective the environment and technology available during that time. This was incredible”.

In addition to professional speakers, high school students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and members from the Lakeland Aero Club will be assisting in the day’s activities including air operations and mechanical instruction. “Many of the most viable future careers are rooted in Aerospace concepts. Providing this opportunity to our educators better equips them both professionally and personally to deliver STEM content to their students. These students benefit tremendously as they are our future aerospace professionals”, says Brewer.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
8:00am – 1:00pm
$25 Registration

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