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Feed the Community

By Janine Diana, EAA Lifetime 1082064, VP of People & Culture

Did you know there are schools, many in our own backyards, that don’t have the resources for student field trips? Did you know that the EAA provides science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) standards in our various educational programs?

When Katie Meyer, EAA’s volunteer program manager, joined our team she shared an EAA experience that I will never forgot. She shared the positive experience and impact as a 5th grader visiting the EAA Museum on a school field trip. The experience has stayed with her all these years and made an impact on her and she was excited about the opportunity to join the EAA team.

That got me thinking…if we want to belong to a vibrant community we have to feed it. We have to do what we can to make it better and keep it alive. This story and experience made an impact on me and I wanted to ensure other students had the opportunity Katie did.

So I sponsored a couple of classes...

Did you know according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16% of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in STEM-related careers. In order to get students interested we have to engage them early. There is no better way to do that than inside EAA’s AirVenture Museum, a local gem that can provide students with hands-on experiences.  

For as little as $600, one class of 25 students can visit our world-class museum and gain essential and valuable tools, all while having fun! This amount includes transportation, museum admission, and one of our hands-on programs designed to help instructors reach students.

A field trip to EAA’s museum would offer students:

  • STEM education – Our programs include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics standards so that students of all ages can learn necessary skills needed later in life.
  • Introduction to aviation – A guided tour with our very knowledgeable docents will leave students amazed at the world of aviation and its history.
  • Transportation – We will partner with a local bus company to provide transportation.
  • Exposure to hands-on activities – Students learn differently and hands-on experiences make learning fun.

I am glad I had the opportunity to make a difference and feed the community. If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring a class and making a difference, let me know or call membership services at 800-564-6322. 

Make a difference, feed the community.

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