The Summer Academy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus offers teens hands-on exploration of aviation and aerospace topics.
This year the Summer Academy offers the following camps, some of which may be taken for college credit: Aerospace I, Aerospace II, Aviation Career Exploration, Aviation Discovery for Women, Aviation Voyage, Flight Exploration, Generations, and SunFlight. The Summer Academy runs from June 7 to Aug. 9, with individual camps ranging in length from five days to 49 days. Application is required a month before the start date of each camp.
Programs for students ages 12-18 include housing in an Embry-Riddle student dormitory, on-campus meals, classroom instruction, and educational materials. Students in some camps will take field trips that may include Kennedy Space Center, Orlando Science Center, Fantasy of Flight, a major theme park, and a water park. Transportation for off-campus activities is provided by Embry-Riddle.
Aspiring astronauts and scientists learn about NASA programs, space shuttle operations, and the history of space flight in Aerospace I. 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 June 22 to July 14. Tuition is $4,500.
Aerospace II provides an overview of U.S. and international space programs, focusing on the Earth and its environment, methods of scientific exploration, and spacecraft-payload criteria at the introductory level of physics. The course includes hands-on activities, labs, and classroom instruction. The program runs July 18 to Aug. 9. Tuition is $4,500.
In Aviation Career Exploration, students 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. Tuition for the June 7-11 session (no campus housing available) is $1,375. Tuition is $1,675 for the July 11-17 session.
Industry professionals teach the Aviation Discovery for Women course, designed for female students ages 15-18 with an interest in aviation and aerospace. Topics covered are current developments and career possibilities in aircraft maintenance, air traffic management, engineering, flight, meteorology, and space technology. The program runs July 11-24. Tuition is $3,600.
Flight Exploration is an introductory course in flying and flight training in which 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. Two sessions are offered: June 22-28 and July 18-24. The tuition for each session is $2,700.
Aviation Voyage gives students ages 13-18 the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in Flight Exploration to more advanced procedures such as flight planning and preflighting an aircraft. Students are required to bring back 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 Aug. 1-7. Tuition is $2,900.
The Generations program allows a parent/child or grandparent/grandchild to 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. The program runs July 25-31. Tuition is $3,100 per pair.
Three SunFlight programs offer flight instruction. All students must possess a Class II Medical before the start date of these courses. Tuition includes field trips, ground lab, classroom instruction, books, materials, and a deposit toward flight fees. In the SunFlight Solo Camp, the goal is for all qualified students to solo by the end of the program. Two sessions are offered: June 22 to July 10 and July 18 to Aug. 5. Tuition is $7,000. Students in the SunFlight Private Pilot Camp earn a Private Pilot certificate. The program runs June 22 to Aug. 9. Tuition is $19,000. In the SunFlight Custom Flight Training Camp, qualified private pilots can continue their flight training. For example, the student could gain an instrument rating or multi-engine land rating or undergo upset training. Tuition and dates will be determined based on the flight training that is needed.
For more information: 800-359-4550 or 386-226-7945 or ERAU.edu/SummerAcademy.