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Fri, Mar 18, 2011

Air Camp Expands In Summer 2011

Middle School Students Can Apply For A Summer Camp Aviation Adventure

Air Camp is expanding its schedule to offer two summer camp sessions in 2011 in Dayton, Ohio, following its successful launch in 2010. Middle school students came from across the U.S. last year to attend the inaugural session of the aviation camp, which is designed to engage students in the wonders of flight and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of aviation and aeronautics.

Air Camp is an intensive experience in STEM learning that provides hands-on experiences and the opportunity to explore behind the scenes at the area’s major aviation and history sites, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton History, and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Students receive flight training at Sinclair Community College, co-pilot a plane at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, and experience the full range of aviation operations. The University of Dayton campus serves as the host facility for housing and meeting space.

“Our greatest resource in the United States is our young people. Their creativity and problem solving are the keys to our country's future,” said Thomas Lasley, Air Camp President, University of Dayton Professor of Education, and Executive Director of Learn to Earn Dayton. “Air Camp is a STEM-focused, high-energy program that allows young people to explore who they are as STEM learners and what they might become as STEM professionals.”

The students who participated in the first Air Camp were enthusiastic. “Flying in the plane was the best experience of my life,” said one student. “This was an amazing event I'll never forget!” Another student observed: “I don't think I've ever been so happy with myself. Making it into Air Camp is one thing. Experiencing it is a whole other ball game! Thank you ever so much for giving me the experience of a lifetime!”

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Sponsors already committed for 2011 include The University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, the United States Air Force, the Engineering and Science Foundation, the Mathile Family Foundation, the Turner Foundation, Teradata and InfoSciTex. In addition, UBS Baller Financial Group is leading an initiative with Dayton-area technology and defense contractors to increase support for student scholarships and mentorships in the camp’s second year.

The 2011 summer Air Camp sessions will run June 26-July 1 and July 10-15. Each session will include up to 40 students. Applications are being accepted online through April 25 from students entering the seventh, eighth or ninth grades in fall 2011. Tuition is $995, with a limited number of need-based scholarships available.



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