With K-12 schools closing across the country, the world’s premier aviation institution – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – has ramped up free online course offerings on topics ranging from aeronautics and meteorology, to computer applications, history and more. No-cost options are available for the general public as well as Embry-Riddle employees.
“We want to help children keep learning while they are out of school,” said Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler, Ph.D. “Our faculty members have developed online courses that introduce core concepts and offer enrichment activities to help spark young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are happy to provide quality content that gives students of all ages the opportunity to master new skills that will serve them well now and in the future.”
Helping Children Chase Their Dreams
“Aviation is Your Future,” a free massive open online course, or MOOC, offers an introduction to aviation for children aged 8 to 17. Suitable for both girls and boys, the self-paced, six-hour online course helps fuel a passion for aviation by introducing young people to aviation fundamentals.
The next “Aviation is Your Future” course is scheduled for Mar. 16 to May 30.
Learners enrolled in this online course explore aspects of flight such as lift, gravity, thrust and drag. They also learn to identify the major parts of an airplane, describe the flight characteristics of a helicopter and discuss the goals of space exploration. The free course is a project of the Women in Aviation International (WAI) Chapter at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, offered in conjunction with WAI.
Enrichment Options for Employees’ Students
For Embry-Riddle employees, tuition waivers are available for an array of online courses that allow high-school juniors and seniors to earn college credits. The courses can also help inspire younger high-school students to pursue careers in STEM, aviation and aerospace.
To enroll, students must have a 2.75 GPA. An unofficial transcript is required, but Embry-Riddle is prepared to expedite enrollment for children of employees across all campuses. Tuition waivers for Embry-Riddle employees are handled by Human Resources. Enrollment for various courses is coming up soon: Mar. 23-27.
“Embry-Riddle employees who are homebound with their children during the current health crisis may be searching for enrichment activities as well as ways to establish a sense of normalcy in their homes,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret. “Online educational opportunities can provide a form of escape that is also a pathway to new knowledge and career opportunities down the road.”