22, 7, 65 and 24 are not some secret safe combination or a complicated football play, but magic numbers that will unlock many dreams and desires of our local high school youth.
They are the bus numbers that left from Lake Placid, Sebring and Avon Park high schools Monday carrying students through Gate 24 to the EAA Chapter 1240 Aviation Development Center to begin the Highlands High School Aviation/Aerospace Program.
“I want to learn how to fly,” “I want to be an Air Force pilot,” “I want to be an aeronautical engineer,” “I like aviation.” These are some of the quotes from our students when we asked why they enrolled in the program. In many ways, they don’t know what they don’t know. The program will introduce the students to the many “Options and Opportunities” available in aviation and aerospace.
You might think that aviation and aerospace are one in the same, but there is a difference in each industry. “Aviation” involves things that fly and operate within the earth’s atmosphere, and “Aerospace” involves things that operate outside the earth’s atmosphere. Our students will explore both areas during the next school year.
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1240 in partnership with the School Board of High-lands County and the Sebring Regional Airport have developed an initiative to expand Youth Aviation Education and the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum.
This effort has enabled the community and other individuals to generate resources leading to the construction of an Aviation Development Center on the flight line at Sebring Regional Airport.
What we do:
This partnership provides “hands-on” activities and aviation experiences through EAA Young Eagles flights, workshops on aircraft maintenance and repair using donated aircraft, and flight training opportunities and scholarships for youth. Our youth is 25% of our population, but 100% of our future.
What your involvement will do:
The programs at the Aviation Development Center will be supported by the funds generated from community partners. We will be able to continue to engage youth and open opportunities for them in the aviation and aerospace industry. We need your support and involvement for this community re-source. The Center is staffed and programs provided by volunteers. All the funds will go to support the operation and programs at the Center.