2019 will be the year of STEM and Aviation. It seems that, given the lack of pilots today, aviation is a great and current career opportunity. Many pilot’s careers start with simulation, as we saw in our interview here. We saw this trend literally everywhere we went in 2018. This video interview in Europe opened our eyes.
We believe that 2019 will mainstream STEM, simulation and aviation. Introducing aviation as a STEM-related program, in schools of all levels, can give students the upper hand in long-term and exciting job openings. In this, flight simulation takes center stage, as many schools are buying or building sims at various levels of complexity. Flight simulation offers a wide range of learning opportunities: from design and constructions, to digital technology, to the actual flying. All requiring the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math which are at the basis of the acronym.
The industry is catching up fast. We wrote about one-G efforts in bringing classrooms to the workplace here. AOPA organized a STEM Symposium at the end of 2018 and saw the participation of giants like UPS and SpaceX. It did not only encompass sub-stratospheric flying. During her keynote address, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s CEO, explained that the private space company weathered two back-to-back Falcon rocket launch failures that initially ignited criticism for private-sector space exploration but led to new technology. “Those weren’t failures, those were learning opportunities,” she said. AOPA’s High School Initiative plans to promote aviation through STEM by offering a complete curriculum grade 9 to 10. Applying for this opportunity by February 28, 2019. Courses for educators are also made available at a low cost.
In Europe, agencies such as EASA have not yet extended their reach into high schools, but limit their programs to university graduates. In the US, however, the FAA’s STEM Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) programs offer countless ways for children and young adults to explore the exciting worlds of aviation and aerospace. With the support of numerous partners in the public and private sectors, the FAA reaches out to students around the world so they can learn more about civil and commercial aviation as well as the critical role that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) plays in a young aviator’s future.
From nationally recognized programs to smaller regional and local programs, STEM AVSED outreach takes on all shapes and sizes – job shadowing, career days, science fairs, field trip opportunities, workshops for educators, and more.
Learn about the programs offered to students by the FAA and schools through these links:
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