Programs Range From $1,600 To $18.5K
Teens who'd enjoy hands-on
exploration of aviation and aerospace topics may want to sign up
for the Summer Academy operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University at its Daytona Beach, FL campus.
This year, the Summer Academy offers the following camps, some
of which may be taken for college credit: Aerospace I, Aerospace
II, Aviation Career Exploration, Aviation Discovery for Women,
Flight Exploration, Aviation Voyage, Generations, and SunFlight.
The Summer Academy runs from June 8 to August 9, with individual
camps ranging in length from five days to 49 days. Application is
required a month before the start date of each camp.
These Summer Academy programs for students ages 12-18 include
housing in an Embry-Riddle student dormitory, on-campus meals,
classroom instruction, and educational materials. Students in some
camps will take field trips that may include Kennedy Space Center,
Orlando Science Center, Fantasy of Flight, a major theme park, and
a water park. Transportation for off-campus activities is provided
Aspiring astronauts and scientists learn about NASA programs,
space shuttle operations, and the history of space flight in
Aerospace I. The course fosters a basic understanding of space and
space technology through field trips, guest speakers, and classroom
lectures. Students design and build two space-station models, one
on land and one in a zero-gravity environment. The program runs
June 22 to July 15. Tuition is $4,500.
Aerospace II provides an overview of
US and international space programs, focusing on the Earth and its
environment, methods of scientific exploration, and
spacecraft-payload criteria at the introductory physics level. The
course includes hands-on activities, labs, and classroom
instruction. The program runs July 19 to August 9. Tuition is
In Aviation Career Exploration, students use state-of-the-art
simulation devices to sample various aspects of aircraft
maintenance, air traffic management, engineering, flight, human
factors, meteorology, and space technology. Also included are field
trips, guest speakers, labs, and classroom instruction. Two
sessions are available: June 23-29 and July 5-11. Tuition is
Industry professionals teach the Aviation Discovery for Women
course, designed for female students ages 15-18 with an interest in
aviation and aerospace. Topics covered are current developments and
career possibilities in aircraft maintenance, air traffic
management, engineering, flight, meteorology, and space technology.
The program runs July 5-18. Tuition is $3,600.
Flight Exploration is an introductory course in flying and
flight training in which students practice flight maneuvers and get
acquainted with how an airplane responds to cockpit commands.
Participants also learn how to comply with aviation regulations and
how to analyze weather conditions. The course includes field trips,
flight and ground lab instruction, and a logbook to record flight
hours. Three sessions are offered. Tuition for the June 9-13
session (no campus housing available) is $2,150. Tuition is $2,700
for the July 12-18 and August 2-8 sessions.
Aviation Voyage gives students ages 13-18 the opportunity to
apply the lessons learned in Flight Exploration to more advanced
procedures such as flight planning and preflighting an aircraft.
Students are required to bring back their logbook from Flight
Exploration to continue recording their flight hours. The program
is scheduled for July 19-25. The $2,700 tuition includes flight
fees, simulator sessions, field trips, classroom instruction, and
The Generations program allows a parent/child or
grandparent/grandchild to share experiences as they learn about
aircraft maintenance, air traffic management, flight, meteorology,
and space technology. The program runs July 26 to Aug 1. Tuition is
$2,700 per pair and includes flight fees, simulator sessions, field
trips, classroom instruction, and materials.
Three SunFlight programs offer flight instruction. All students
must possess a Class II Medical before the start date of these
courses. Tuition includes field trips, ground lab, classroom
instruction, books, materials, and a deposit toward flight
In the SunFlight Solo Camp, the goal is for all qualified
students to solo by the end of the program. Two sessions are
offered: June 22 to July 12 and July 19 to August 7. Tuition is
$6,500. Students in the SunFlight Private Pilot Camp earn a Private
Pilot certificate. The program runs June 22 to August 9. Tuition is
In the SunFlight Custom Flight Training Camp, qualified private
pilots can continue their flight training. For example, the student
could gain an instrument rating or multi-engine land rating or
undergo upset training. Tuition and dates will be determined based
on the flight training that is needed.