In Miami, 60 inner-city youth, including 30 NASA SEMAA students, built a single-engine airplane as part of the "Build & Soar" program. Working as a team, under the guidance of certified aircraft mechanics and instructors, the students learned how airplanes are constructed one piece and system at a time.
The 10-week summer program was made possible by Miami-Dade County Public Schools in collaboration with Experience Aviation, the George T. Baker Aviation School, and NASA SEMAA funding.
The experimental, two-seater aircraft (a Zenith Zodiac 601 XL) passed Federal Aviation Administration inspection, and renowned aviator Barrington Irving took it on its first flight in early October. Participating students also constructed a wind tunnel for aerodynamic research, built and launched model rockets and participated in numerous computer-based simulations.
"At the center of the Build and Soar Project is the goal to connect education and industry through relevant project-based activities. Instructors utilize authentic tasks designed to build students' mathematic, science and reading skills while raising awareness to opportunities and career paths within the aviation/aerospace industry."
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