Air Camp of­fers an ad­ven­ture in avi­a­tion

Week­long sum­mer res­i­dence ses­sions of­fered in Day­ton area.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

Ed­u­ca­tional sum­mer camps abound in the Day­ton re­gion, but Air Camp chal­lenges young peo­ple to reach for the sky.

Air Camp lever­ages the aero­space and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources of the Birth­place of Avi­a­tion to of­fer a hands-on, ed­u­ca­tional ad­ven­ture in avi­a­tion and aero­nau­tics. It also pro­motes the val­ues of schol­ar­ship, lead­er­ship, and cit­i­zen­ship.

Its week­long res­i­dence camp packs ev­ery day with hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties. Campers takes flight ground school, chart a course and fly as a stu­dent pi­lot. They also ex­plore ex­cit­ing avi­a­tion sites around Day­ton, in­clud­ing Day­ton In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Wright-Pat­ter­son Air Force Base, where they go be­hind the scenes to meet sci­en­tists from the Air Force Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory. The week ends with a spe­cial team pro­ject to plan a hu­man­i­tar­ian air mis­sion. Air Camp also of­fers a day camp for stu­dents en­ter­ing grades 4, 5, and 6.

Its two-and-a-half-day Teach­ers Air Camp en­gages teach­ers in 14 im­mer­sive STEM ac­tiv­i­ties at seven sites. Teach­ers take flight ground train­ing and pi­lot an air­craft. They also re­ceive class sets of sup­ple­men­tal ma­te­ri­als and aligned en­gi­neer­ing de­sign chal­lenges, and col­lab­o­ra­tion time for ideation ses­sions.

Air Camp is a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­ported by grants and do­na­tions from lead­ing ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, busi­nesses, foun­da­tions, and in­di­vid­u­als. Regis­tra­tion for all camps be­gins Feb. 1 and ends April 30. Visit air­cam­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Ev­ery Mon­day, the Day­ton Daily News will fea­ture the Na­tional Avi­a­tion Her­itage Area. To learn more, visit avi­a­tion­her­


At the con­trols of a Cessna 172, an Air Camp stu­dent pre­pares­for her first flight with an in­struc­tor.

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