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Students to Discover Aviation Through EAA ‘Sponsor a Classroom’ Program
October 16, 2014 – EAA is providing the opportunity for entire Wisconsin classrooms to discover aviation, even if their school field trip budgets are limited, through the new “Sponsor a Classroom” initiative announced this week. Individuals and groups are welcome to contribute to the effort to bring students to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, where they’ll discover aviation as well as engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.
Each $600 raised will cover the cost of transportation, museum admission, and activities for a class of up to 25 students.
“School budgets are tight for such things as outside field trips, although the need still exists to connect the worlds of science and technology to today’s students,” said Tara Parkhurst, museum educator for the EAA AirVenture Museum. “This is a great way for all of us to help deliver this sense of discovery to classrooms throughout the area. Who knows what it might inspire in the minds of today’s young people?”
Along with individual contributions, museum visitors through the remainder of 2014 are invited to participate through small donations when they visit the museum or make a purchase through its gift shop.
Funds raised now through the end of 2014 will be used to welcome classes to EAA during the 2015-2016 school year. School groups can apply for the program scholarships beginning in early 2015 by contacting the EAA Museum office.
The initial goal of the program is to serve as many as 40 classes from throughout Wisconsin during the initial year of the Sponsor a Classroom initiative.