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AOPA Program Prepares Students for Aviation Careers

March 25, 2021

AOPA Program Prepares Students for Aviation Careers

The Airplane Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA’s) ‘You Can Fly’ program is available in more than 200 schools in 38 states.

The science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum features six courses in two pathways—pilot and drones—for students in grades nine through 12 and can be used in public, private, charter, parochial, and home school high school co-op programs. The curriculum is designed to be flexible so that schools can offer it as an after-school program, a single course, or a four-year career and technical education program. Lessons cater to students’ various learning styles by allowing time to take notes, watch videos, and perform handson engineering design activities. With design projects such as building a tissue paper hot air balloon or creating a balloon rocket, students have fun while learning valuable lessons. One teacher remarked that his students were so excited during a balloon rocket activity, someone walking by might have thought they were having a party. More than 8,000 students are learning STEM lessons from the curriculum. By the end of the two pathways, students have learned the material to pass the FAA private pilot and remote pilot knowledge tests. Teachers love the curriculum and are teaching it in more than 450 classrooms. It comes with all the plans they need to instruct, enables students to blossom, and is free. Plus, they receive free professional development through workshops, webinars, and video content. Educators are also invited to the annual AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium each November where they can network with other professionals and learn more about AOPA’s curriculum.
   —Please see https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/allnews/2021/march/12/aopa-high-school-program-changing-lives to read more about this.