National Flight Academy Receives AT&T Grant to Continue STEM Saturday Program

By Katie

July 26, 2018 –Pensacola, Fl—The National Flight Academy (NFA) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from AT&T to support STEM Saturdays — an introductory science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program designed for young children in 3rd through 6th grades.

Held the third Saturday of every month, STEM students spend a half-day at the NFA engaged in hands-on activities with their group’s Chief aboard the world’s only landlocked aircraft carrier, AMBITION. Students participate in five hours of fun, interactive and educational activities and are provided lunch on the ship’s Mess Deck. Additionally, all participants get a chance to fly an aircraft, drone or remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) in one of the NFA’s 42 flight simulators located in the Hangar Bay.

STEM Saturday programs cost between $40-50 per child, including labor and product costs. Thanks to AT&T underwriting the tuition costs, the NFA will be able to run the program from August 2018 through May 2019 at only $30 per child.

‘To maintain our country’s global leadership in aviation, today’s students must advance their skills in science, technology, education, and math,” said Ray Walker AT&T Regional Director. “Our company’s support will provide educational outreach and hands-on activities for our younger generation to raise awareness of some of the exciting opportunities available to them.”

The STEM Saturday program allows students to explore the principles of flight and aerodynamics by flying the T-6 Texan II in state-of-the-art simulators, as well as construct and test paper airplanes. This opportunity provides experience in other STEM related subjects, and a focused curriculum that engages local students in hands-on education tenets.

Like the NFA’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 NFA appeals to younger elementary-aged children.

Next month’s STEM Saturday is August 18 and the topic is Cryptology: Puzzles, Riddles, and Cyphers. Children will learn about cyphers, riddles and flag communication on the open sea. Additionally, these students will fly the T-45 Goshawk in the NFA’s simulators. Visit the website to register before August 3 as space is limited for each session. Registration is $30 per child and lunch is provided. STEM Saturday is from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and open to children in 3rd through 6th grades.

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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.

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