Enrollment Expected to Double for Museum’s STEM-based Program this Summer
Students entering 5th and 6th grade can learn about the wonders of aviation this summer at the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s Flight School Summer Camp at Dallas Executive Airport, 5303 Challenger Dr. #17, Dallas, TX 75232, from July 21-Aug. 7. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from NBCUniversal Foundation in partnership with KXAS-TV NBC 5 and Telemundo 39, the Museum’s much-anticipated Flight School Summer Camp is returning to Dallas Executive Airport. This is its second consecutive year, with an anticipated enrollment of 240 campers, doubling the 2013 attendance record. The cost is $10 and online registration is available at www.flightmuseum.com/education/flight-school-summer-camp-at-dallas-executive-airport; or call (214) 350-3600.
The Museum’s Flight School Summer Camp at Dallas Executive Airport offers unique educational opportunity for entering 5th and 6th graders that make it one of the community’s most enriching and fun learning experiences this season. The program features a two-day camp, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which introduces students to aviation and principles of flight through a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused curriculum. On the first day, students receive instruction about the basics of flight and aviation as well as career pathways in aerospace. This is followed by a second day where students take a field trip to tour the Frontiers of Flight Museum and learn to fly on a computer simulator. There will be eight 2-day sessions offered this summer and space is limited. Lunch and snacks are provided daily, as well as field trip transportation between Dallas Executive Airport and the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, TX 75209.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum has over 30 aircraft from the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind Flying Pancake, the Apollo 7 spacecraft, 11 galleries, and over 35,000 historical artifacts on display. The Living History program features the portrayal of prominent personalities in aviation history including Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, Orville Wright, Jimmy Doolittle, and Count von Zeppelin. Dallas’ support of the Frontiers of Flight Museum serves to further promote the enrichment of cultural and educational opportunities across North Texas.
“The Museum is a learning laboratory using aviation and space flight to encourage and promote student excellence in STEM education, which reflects the museum’s mission to educate, motive, and inspire the next generation,” says Dr. Jason Treadway, Director of Education, Frontiers of Flight Museum. “Generous funding support from KXAS-TV NBC 5 has enabled us to strengthen our Flight School Summer Camp at Executive Airport which promotes student interest in those fields and meets the accelerated demand for the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s outstanding educational programs.”
Many churches and community organizations also have been instrumental in recruiting youngsters to take advantage of this opportunity, and to spread the word about the Museum’s Flight School Summer Camp program at Executive Airport.
“The support we receive from dedicated volunteers and local churches help us serve those areas of greatest need, and it is a tremendous benefit to the Frontiers of Flight Museum and our community,” says Inez Clark, Texas Eagles for Aviation Mentoring. “We are fortunate to have so many in our community who understand how important it is to support organizations like the Frontiers of Flight Museum.” she says.
According to Clark, the Museum’s Flight School Summer Camp provides high-quality scientific instruction and exposure to career opportunities in the aviation industry to economically underserved children living in Dallas. “Many of the students who have participated in the Museum’s educational programs now have their sights aimed high on becoming aviators, rocket scientists or just learning the basics of aviation. Students also enjoy the expert instructors who make the program educational, interactive and most of all, fun,” she says.
“The work of the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Executive Airport is close to my heart because I’ve known how the camp helps kids flourish and grow,” Clark adds. “Through my own experience I’ve seen what the Museum does firsthand to inspire and educate our children, and I’m delighted to join the Frontiers of Flight Museum in hopes that we can really make a difference to those in our community and help provide much-needed educational programs for all children to enjoy.”
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The Frontiers of Flight Museum, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, is a gem in our North Texas community that attracts over 100,000 visitors annually including 30,000 students. The Museum is a learning laboratory using aviation and space flight to encourage and promote student excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Educational classes for all ages are offered throughout the year, designed to excite the imagination in STEM through aerodynamics, aviation, space, planetary exploration, living and oral history and other disciplines.
The Museum is conveniently located just north of downtown on Lemmon Avenue at the southeast side of Dallas Love Field Airport, north of Mockingbird Lane. Housed in a modern 100,000-square-foot facility, the Museum provides a focal point to explore the history and progress of aviation, as mankind continues to pursue going higher, faster and farther.
Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults $8; Seniors (65+) $6; Youths/Students (3-17) $5 and children under 3 are free. For more information, visit www.flightmuseum.com.