SOaR Summer Camp takes first flight

This summer, through a grant given by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) for aviation education, the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) has partnered with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation to provide an aviation and aerospace educational opportunity to 50 young adults from South Carolina. From July 15-20, 2012, SOaR Aviation Aerospace Summer Camp scholarship winners will attend this first-ever program.

“South Carolina has a growing aviation and aerospace industry sector,” said Paul Werts, executive director of the SCAC. “Our goal is to help foster an interest in aviation within our talented younger generation. This camp will provide opportunities for students to see several unique career paths that they could take in the aviation and aerospace industry. Who knows? They may even make connections with mentors who can help guide them into the industry. This is just one way that we can help improve the educational opportunities for our S.C. residents; and at the same time assist industry in developing interest in future potential employees. It’s a win-win for all.”

“The young adults who were chosen are pretty amazing,” said Morgan Fields, executive director of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation. “The average GPA is 4.2, and most are involved in extracurricular organizations. In some cases it was very difficult to choose the attendees. We tried to get applicants from every county in the state but not all had kids apply.”

During the week, the students will be housed at the University of South Carolina. The concepts covered will include: physics, complex mathematics, basic engineering and design, problem solving skills and leadership skills. Activities will include: a basic ground flight instruction class, a Cessna 172 cross-country flight, a Project SOaR Green Beret Leadership Course, a maintenance skills course at State Aeronautics, field trips to Challenger Learning Center, Shaw Air Force Base, Mariner Group and USC Engineering Department, and a career night with guest speakers. The activities of the week will be closed by a graduation ceremony with the State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais as the keynote speaker.

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