Twenty-nine Fourth and fifth grade Girl Scouts earned their
Aerospace Badges last Saturday (May 7) at the Greenville
Downtown Airport in South Carolina. The badge workshop was offered
at the airport's Runway Cafe in partnership with Mad Science of the
Upstate, a local science enrichment provider, according to Lynn
Arve, Director of Program Services, Girl Scouts of South Carolina -
Mountains to Midlands.
Greenville Jet Center transported the
Girl Scouts across the tarmac to tour the air traffic control
tower, and Special Services Corporation let them see their aircraft
maintenance facility and provided a plane for them to look inside
the cockpit. Then the Girl Scouts completed a variety of hands-on
projects that are required to earn the badge.
Other activities included making a
paper airplane, which the girls then modified to see see how adding
flaps changes the flight of the plane. There was a model rocket
launch, and the girls also made and flew their own kites. They
ended the morning with lunch at the Runway Cafe watching planes
take off and land.
"Many pilots discovered their interest
in aviation in their youth," stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director
of Greenville Downtown Airport. "Our industry is facing a future
pilot shortage and we are always looking for ways to inspire youth
with the awe of aviation. Maybe one of these girl will grow up and
fly for Southwest Airlines."