Daytona Beach, Fla., March 8, 2006 -- Teens who'd like to learn about aviation and aerospace in a fun, relaxing atmosphere 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 12 to Aug. 12, 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, 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 20 to July 13. Tuition is $3,900.
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. 5. Tuition is $3,900.
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 9-15 or Aug. 6-12. Tuition is $975.
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 16-29. Tuition is $2,800.
Flight Exploration is an introduction to 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 available: June 12-16 (no campus housing available), July 16-22, or July 30 to Aug 5. Tuition is $1,900.
The Generations program allows a parent/child or grandparent/grandchild pair to share experiences as they learn about aircraft maintenance, air traffic management, flight, meteorology, and space technology. The program runs July 9-15. Tuition is $1,900 per pair and includes flight fees, simulator sessions, field trips, classroom instruction, and materials.
Three SunFlight programs offer flight instruction. 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 20 to July 8 and July 16 to Aug. 3. Tuition is $4,500.
Students in the SunFlight Private Pilot Camp earn a Private Pilot certificate. The program runs June 20 to Aug. 8. Tuition is $15,000.
In the SunFlight Multi-Engine Camp, participants earn a Multi-Engine Land rating. The program runs July 9 to Aug. 8. Tuition is $12,500.
For registration details and a brochure, call (800) 359-4550 or (386) 226-7945 or write to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The Summer Academy, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900. More information can be found online at www.erau.edu/summeracademy/.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates more than 32,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Extended Campus at more than 130 centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, and through distance learning.