Daytona Beach, Fla., April 24, 2008 – Teenagers interested in 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.
The Summer Academy, which will run from June 9 to Aug. 6, offers educational programs for students ages 12-18. This year's courses, some of which may be taken for college credit, are Aerospace I, Aerospace II, Aviation Career Exploration, Aviation Discovery for Women, Flight Exploration, Aviation Voyage, Generations, and SunFlight. Application is required a month before the start date of each camp.
Summer Academy programs 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. Tuition is $4,300.
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 17 to Aug. 6. Tuition is $4,300.
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: July 6-12 or July 20-26. Tuition is $1,275.
Industry professionals teach the Aviation Discovery for Women course, designed for female students ages 15-18 with an interest in aviation and aerospace. Topics to be covered include current developments and career possibilities in aircraft maintenance, air traffic management, engineering, flight, meteorology, and space technology. The program runs July 13-26. Tuition is $3,300.
Flight Exploration is an introduction to flying and flight training in which students practice flight maneuvers and learn how an airplane responds to cockpit commands, 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 available. For the June 9-13 session (no campus housing available), the tuition is $1,950. For the sessions that run June 22-28 or July 27 to Aug. 2, tuition is $2,300.
Aviation Voyage was developed so that students ages 13-18 can apply the lessons learned in the Flight Exploration program to procedures such as flight planning and preflighting the aircraft. Students are required to bring their Flight Exploration logbook with them to continue recording their flight hours. This program runs July 13-19. The tuition is $2,500 and includes flight fees, simulator sessions, field trips, classroom instruction, and materials.