The sky is the limit for local youth, thanks to Orlando Science Center with funding and support from The JetBlue Foundation. The Science Center has received a $25,000 grant from The JetBlue Foundation to create a new aviation-themed summer camp called “Flying Together.” This week-long session will utilize curriculum integrating the Science Center’s new Flight Lab exhibit. Flight Lab uses Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets to simulate real-world missions.
The grant is making the camp possible for 26 students to engage this summer in experiential learning connecting them with the science, technology, and wonder of aviation. The “Blue” grant from The JetBlue Foundation funds the development of original curriculum and then also provides need-based tuition to 13 girls from Title I middle and high schools so they can attend the “Flying Together” camp at no cost.
“Our hope is that this program inspires these students to pursue STEM and aviation-related opportunities in both their education and their careers,” said Orlando Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman. We are so grateful to The JetBlue Foundation for their investment and support.”
The camp will use Flight Lab to provide authentic experiences that showcase science concepts and skills that pilots and co-pilots use daily. The exhibit employs simulation technology actually used to train Navy pilots with Oculus Rift headsets to place students “virtually” in the cockpit. In addition to flying and navigation, the camp will help students further develop essential 21st Century Skills, such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and collaboration. The “Flying Together” camp’s goals align with The JetBlue Foundation and Orlando Science Center’s commitment to providing equitable access to high-quality educational resources regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status or ability.
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