Last Thursday I landed at SeaTac Airport, non-stop from Amsterdam, then drove directly to Aviation High School for a tour. What an amazing experience--- The school, not the landing. Landing a heavy jet is always an experience, but nothing like this high school located 3 miles from my home.
Katie McConville and Lauren Crom were our tour guides. Their pride in their high school is evident. And justified. The tour of Aviation High School was one of those occasions when I wanted to turn back time--- and return to high school.
Katie plans on attending the United States Naval Academy. She will become an aerospace engineer, and intends on designing fuel efficient planes and spaceships. She's also planning on becoming an active member of the aviation and aerospace community.
Lauren plans on heading to Embry Riddle with an Air Force ROTC scholarship. With a pilots license in her pocket, she too plans on becoming an aerospace engineer.
|Katie and Lauren|
"The Sky Is NOT the Limit"
Aviation High School --- providing STEM Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math--- prepares students for the future beyond anything I've seen in a public school.
Partnering with the private sector, 98% of graduating students go on to attend college, and most of them on scholarships--- amazing statistics.
|Reba, KP, Katie, Lauren and Molly|
Student involvement with the hands on approach
"Heads. Hearts. Hands."
We attended Aerospace engineering where the students design and build their own planes. They perform test flights. Learn about C.G. Test the impact of winglets...
|Lauren, Katie, Austin and Riley|
Navid Shafa and Lydia Johnston were busy building robots! Students in this class will compete with 200 other teams worldwide At UsFirst.Org with Skunkworks robotics. They not only build robots, they're building engineers. Their role models are found in the engineering and business world.
|Navid and Lydia|
|Molly and I get to play with the Robot|
We visited History of Aviation where the students were researching the impact of what happens to the economy, the neighborhood, and the communities if they shutdown an airport. In groups, they're building cases to defend and keep actual, local, airports open.
What would Aviation High School be without Ground School? Yes, students have the ability to take Aviation Ground School as an elective. Remember the E6B? This wonderful tool is lost in the commercial airline world, but not on these students.
They also teach "World Language"--- yes, students can learn Spanish as well as Japanese here.
|Grace, Eleanor, and Natalie|
Grace Cieszkiewiczm, Eleanor Shull, and Natalie Cullinan took a few minutes to share their humanities course. The class discusses American character traits, and applies them to Aviation Personalities. What they're really doing is researching, learning critical thinking and how to communicate through their writing.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to keep our economy strong in science, technology, engineering and math...
It takes a whole generation of them."
Aviation High School is the only college preparatory aviation-themed high school in the Northwest. They're currently in the old Olympic grade school--- my kids attended pre-school there.
Their dream: To build a campus abeam Seattle's Museum of Flight--- their partner in educating our children. The students have full access to the Museum of Flight with an annual membership. They study, learn, and dream there. But dreams cost money. They've secured a significant amount, but they have a long way to go.
Thank you for allowing me to visit your incredible school! When Flight For Control is published, funds will be coming your way.
Enjoy the Journey~
And remember to support the education of our future--- our children!
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