WOOD DALE, Illinois, April 24, 2013 – Kids know it's not going to be a typical day in the classroom when they start their morning in a building with six jet engines, including a 747 capable of producing 52,000 pounds of thrust. This Thursday, about 80 students, ages 8 to 13, will glimpse some of that power at AAR’s global headquarters on national “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., AAR’s young guests will experience a full day of hands-on activities intended to illuminate career possibilities and the global footprint AAR is making as a commercial aviation and defense contractor. The roster is designed not only to build enthusiasm about a future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), but also to drive home the importance of teamwork and the value of education in any career choice.
“We’re happy to provide a full day of educational and fun activities to introduce young people to an industry that most people don’t get to see up close,” said Timothy O. Skelly, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for AAR. “This opportunity helps the children learn more about our industry and our company. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this program.”
Recognizing that about half of the children are “repeat customers” from AAR’s popular annual event, AAR works with partners to create a new itinerary each year.
The Discovery Museum of Rockford, Illinois, will present two sessions, including “Whoosh,” in which kids will harness air with a hovercraft and pit their strength against air pressure, and “Electric Circuits,” in which they will design circuits that light bulbs, spin motors and more. Illustrating another energy source, Whole Foods will stage a taste test of organic and exotic fruits. A “Kites, Wings and Flying Machines from 1903-2013” presentation will shed light on the history of aviation. Lunch will be provided for children and their sponsors.
Throughout the day, the children will get to see photos and videos from AAR’s other locations and operating segments. As the day winds down, they will learn more about their sponsor’s role at AAR. And, because AAR values customer input, it solicits the children’s feedback after the event each year. “Thank you. I had soooo much fun it was awesome. I hope I can come again next year, thank you (smiley face),” wrote one last year. Another was more succinct: “SOO COOL.”
Among other distinctions, AAR has built an award-winning 1MRO (SM) network of maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities for commercial aircraft in five cities from Duluth, Minnesota, to Miami. It has been recognized as the top supplier of aircraft parts in the world and was applauded by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for its public-private partnerships to align aviation curriculum with industry standards. AAR takes pride in connecting with the communities in which it works and inspiring young people to dream big.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.