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Hands-on high school introduction to aviation careers
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ducators know that an effective way to
interest students in science, technology,
engineering and math is to introduce them
through practical, hands-on lessons that bridge the
intellectual shorelines of what they already know and
what they want to learn.
Aviation is a perfect industry for this effort because
STEM subjects are the lifeblood of its daily activities,
especially in the technical realms of avionics and
maintenance. Educators also know that they cannot start
building these bridges too early in a student's life, which
is why a number of high schools across the nation have
established aviation STEM programs. Each of them
is tailored to a school district's individual needs and
resources. Here are four examples.
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Seminole County Public Schools -
Sanford, Florida
"We are facing a critical time in aviation," said
Norman Johnson, aviation instructor at the Seminole
County Public School's Career and Professional
Education Academy in Sanford, Florida. "There is a
shortage of technicians across the board, and a shortage
of women."
To address this reality, with the 2018-19 school year,
CAPE added aviation to its educational offerings. The
four-year program focuses on maintenance and avionics
technology, and it is actively recruiting girls.
"We just finished a four-day aviation camp for eighthgrade girls," Johnson said. There was a waiting list for
the 25 openings for the hands-on aviation activities



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