National Flight Academy Hosts STEM Saturday

Choppers, Harriers and Other Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft


By Malerie Shelton-

September 8, 2016 –Pensacola, Fl—The National Flight Academy will host STEM Saturday on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for K – 6th grade students. September’s STEM Saturday topic is “Choppers, Harriers and Other Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft.”

Students will experience hands-on activities and learn about the physics and forces behind the VTOL aircraft. The STEM Saturday program allows students to explore the principles of flight and aerodynamics through flying VTOL drones as well as constructing and testing paper airplanes and other STEM related themes. This opportunity provides hands-on experience with a focused curriculum that engages local students in STEM education tenets.

Like the National Flight Academy’s other programs, STEM Saturdays are designed to address the serious concerns of declining science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students to pursue STEM academic and professional paths. Through the STEM Saturday program, the National Flight Academy appeals to younger elementary-aged children.

Visit to register as space is limited for each session.

Registration closes September 9. Registration is $30 per child and lunch is provided.

About the National Flight Academy

The National Flight Academy, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida, is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. In order to make the National Flight Academy adventure a reality for as many students as possible, we are committed to a financial aid program that enables a demographically and geographically diverse student population to attend. We welcome support from individuals, corporations and foundations for both our scholarship program and general operation funds. The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Government.

For more information about the National Flight Academy, visit or find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

“Discovery Saturday” events are FREE and open to the public. The Naval Museum Foundation is requesting those interested in attending to RSVP by contacting the Foundation office at 850-453-2389. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

The National Naval Aviation Museum features FREE admission and a full slate of events throughout the year. For a complete list of events, exhibits and attractions at the Museum, visit or call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at (850) 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002.

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