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BOYCEVILLE – Volunteer Pilot Mentor Jim Harvey will be donating flight experiences as a part of STEM Flights for students enrolled in the Boyceville High School (BHS) Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) High School Aviation STEM Curriculum. The new aviation program will launch during the Fall 2021 semester at BHS and will focus on aviation and STEM learning for high schoolers. The AOPA High School STEM Curriculum was scheduled to start last school year but was postponed due to COVID-19.
The AOPA, the world’s largest aviation community, has created an aviation STEM curriculum for high schools across the United States. The AOP A High School Aviation STEM Curriculum is the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
STEM Flights is a nonprofit organization that pairs volunteer pilots with students for customized flight experiences that highlight aviation and STEM Careers. Pilot Mentors donate aircraft and time and are matched with parents/guardians of students who have applied online. Students are provided follow up resources for pursuing careers in STEM and aviation. The flight experiences donated by local pilots will compliment the classroom instruction delivered by instructors. Harvey is the first pilot in the area to volunteer his time flying students. “Introducing students to flying is a passion of mine,” Harvey said. “When you can get up in the air anything seems possible. These two programs working together will help our students identify STEM andaviation careers.”
Harvey also initiated a fundraiser in collaboration with the Boyceville Airport Booster Club (BABC) to fund an FAA Certified Red Bird Flight Simulator to support BHS students and local pilots. We originally set a goal of $7500 for a model that would meet our needs to support BHS students and local pilots. With the help a BABC pilots, they were able to secure a simulator that will be installed and ready for use for incoming students.
Interested students should apply online with their parent or guardian.
STEM Flights is a non-profit organization that provides customized aviation education and flight experiences to facilitate learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Learn more at www.stemflights.org.