ERAU Summer Programs for Teens

Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. – Teens who would enjoy hands-on exploration of aviation and aerospace topics will want to sign up for the Summer Programs operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses. The Summer Programs run from June 3 to Aug. 9, with individual camps ranging in length from five days to 49 days. All of the Residential Camps include on-campus meals, classroom instruction, books, materials and field trips. Supervised on-campus housing is also included in all Residential Camps except the Generations program. Application is required a month before the start date of each camp. For more information, visit www.daytonabeach.erau.edu/summer or www.prescott.erau.edu/degrees/programs/camps/.

Residential Camps

Aerospace Engineering (Prescott campus). This program for students ages 15-18 lays out the fundamental concepts of aerospace engineering and related fields as they apply to aircraft and spacecraft. Participants will learn the science of flight, how materials stress, strain and break and the principles of aerospace design. The program runs June 24-29 and includes classes and labs. Tuition is $1,050.

Aerospace I (Daytona Beach campus). Aspiring astronauts and scientists ages 15-18 will learn about NASA programs, space shuttle operations and the history of space flight. The course fosters a basic understanding of space and space technology through field trips, guest speakers and classroom lectures. Students design and build two space-station models, one on land and one in a zero-gravity environment. The program runs from June 24 to July 13. Tuition is $3,900.

Aerospace II (Daytona Beach campus). At the introductory level of physics, this overview of U.S. and international space programs for students ages 15-18 focuses on the Earth and its environment, methods of scientific exploration and spacecraft-payload criteria. The course includes hands-on activities, labs and classroom instruction. The program runs from July 18 to Aug. 8. Tuition is $3,900. The Aerospace I course is a prerequisite.

Aviation Career Exploration (Daytona Beach campus). Students ages 12-17 will use state-of-the-art simulation devices to sample various aspects of aircraft maintenance, air traffic management, engineering, flight, human factors, meteorology and space technology. Also included are field trips, guest speakers, labs and classroom instruction. The program runs July 8-14. Tuition is $900.

Computer/Electrical Engineering (Prescott campus). Students will specify, design, build and fly a high-altitude balloon to collect data. The course is open to high school students ages 16-18 with a strong background in math and science. The program runs June 24-29. Tuition is $1,050.

Executive Training Academy (Daytona Beach campus). Top female professionals will lead girls ages 14-17 in such activities as resume and scholarship writing, mock interviews and etiquette practice. Under the mentorship of these local executives, the girls will create simulated micro-companies and then develop and present a final product. Participants will gain the confidence to become successful leaders in the business community. The program runs July 8-14. Tuition is $450.

Generations (Daytona Beach campus). A duo of parent/child or grandparent/grandchild can share experiences as they learn about aircraft maintenance, air traffic management, flight, meteorology and space technology. The course includes flight fees, simulator sessions, field trips, classroom instruction and materials. Housing is not included. The program runs from July 29 to Aug. 4. Tuition is $3,100 per pair.

Global Security and Intelligence “Spy” Camp (Prescott campus). Participants will take on the role of “spy-catcher” while developing surveillance skills and exploring the practice of cryptology and the art of illusion. The course is open to high school students ages 15-18 who are U.S. citizens. The program runs July 1-6. Tuition is $1,050.00.

Flight Exploration (Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses). In this introductory course on flying and flight training, students practice flight maneuvers and get acquainted with how an airplane responds to cockpit commands. Participants also learn how to comply with aviation regulations and how to analyze weather conditions. The course includes field trips, flight and ground lab instruction and a logbook to record flight hours. Five sessions are offered at the Prescott campus for students ages 14-18: June 3-8, June 10-16, July 8-13, July 22-27 and July 29 to Aug. 3. Two sessions are offered at the Daytona Beach campus for students ages 12-17: June 24-30 and July 15-21. The tuition for each session is $1,950.

Aviation Voyage (Daytona Beach campus). Students ages 12-17 will apply the lessons learned in the Flight Exploration course to more advanced procedures such as flight planning and preflighting an aircraft. Students are required to bring their logbook from Flight Exploration to continue recording their flight hours. The course includes flight fees, simulator sessions, field trips, classroom instruction and materials. The program runs July 24-30. Tuition is $2,900.

Three SunFlight Programs (Daytona Beach campus). To enroll in the SunFlight flight-instruction courses listed below, students must be ages 16-18 and possess a FAA Class II Medical/Student Pilot Certificate before the start date of the courses. Tuition includes field trips, ground lab, classroom instruction, books, materials and a deposit toward flight fees.

  • SunFlight Solo. Qualified students can solo an aircraft by the end of the program. The course runs July 15-31. Tuition is $6,500.
  • SunFlight Private Pilot. Students can earn a Private Pilot Certificate. The program runs from June 24 to Aug. 9. Tuition is $18,500.
  • SunFlight Custom Flight Training Camp. Qualified private pilots can continue their flight training through a variety of activities, such as undergoing upset training or gaining an instrument rating or multi-engine land rating. Course tuition and dates will be based on applicant interest.

Non-Residential Day Camps for Ages 8-13 (Daytona Beach Campus)

Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS): During this week-long experience, girls will participate in hands-on projects and experiments focused on science, technology, engineering and math while also earning Girl Scout badges. The program runs June 11-15. Tuition is $275.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM):

  • Physics/Astronomy: Students will learn the basic concepts of physics in order to understand objects in motion, how the Earth spins and how the solar system rotates. The program runs June 18-22. Tuition is $275.
  • Robotics: Faculty and teaching assistants will demonstrate the basics of robotics, electronics and computer programming in an interactive experience. The program runs June 25-29. Tuition is $275.
  • Advanced Robotics: Students will progress to the next level of understanding robotics, electronics and computer programming. The program runs July 9-13. Tuition is $275.
  • Aviation: Students will learn the basics of weather, air traffic control, forensic science, maintenance and aviation through various informative sessions and hands-on activities. The program runs July 16-20. Tuition is $275.
  • Math: This hands-on program emphasizes critical thinking through the student’s creative problem-solving skills and artistic abilities. The program runs July 23-27. Tuition is $275.
  • Space Adventure: Students will learn how the human body adapts to space flight and extraterrestrial environments. The program runs from July 30 to Aug. 3. Tuition is $275.

Daytona Beach campus: For registration details and a brochure, call (800) 359-4550 or (386) 226-7945 or write to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Community Outreach and Summer Programs, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. More information can be found online at www.daytonabeach.erau.edu/summer.

Prescott campus: For registration details and a brochure, call (928) 777-3956 or write to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Summer Programs, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ  86301.  More information can be found online at www.prescott.erau.edu/degrees/programs/camps/.

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