Embry-Riddle Offers Aviation/Aerospace Summer Programs for Teens

ERAU offer camps, some of which may be taken for college credit.


DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Teens who'd enjoy hands-on exploration of aviation and aerospace topics will want to sign up for the Summer Academy operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its Daytona Beach campus.

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, Flight Exploration, Aviation Voyage, Generations, and SunFlight.

The Summer Academy runs from June 8 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.

These Summer Academy 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 15.

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 physics level. The course includes hands-on activities, labs, and classroom instruction. The program runs July 19 to Aug. 9.

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. Two sessions are available: June 23-29 and July 5-11.

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 5-18.

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. Three sessions are offered: June 9-13, July 12-18, and Aug. 2-8.

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 program is scheduled for July 19-25.

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 program runs July 26 to Aug 1.

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