Air Camp takes off with three sessions

For Greene County News

FAIRBORN — Air Camp will hold three sessions at Wright State University this summer for middle school students.

More than 130 students from around the country were selected to participate in an intensive week of activities, encompassing aviation disciplines such as aircraft design, testing and operations, unmanned aerial vehicle orientations, and the ultimate thrill of piloting an airplane.

Air Camp is an experiential immersion into the wonders of flight, with hands-on exposure to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of aviation and aeronautics. Air Camp is designed to help young people advance their potential in developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and inspire them to pursue further education and future careers in STEM-related fields, such as aviation and aeronautics.

Highlights include: taking flight-simulator training at Sinclair Community College’s aviation school; touring the air traffic control tower and viewing operations at Dayton International Airport; piloting an airplane at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport; interacting with robotics in the Yaskawa Motoman Laboratory; understanding the challenges of providing on-scene medical care using paramedic equipment including a smart-state medical manikin; touring Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Research Laboratory; discovering the history of flight at Carillon Park; and viewing worldwide flight patterns at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

“Air Camp attracts seventh, eighth and ninth grade students who have high recommendations from their teachers,” said Ken Curell, Air Camp executive director. “The science of aviation continues to capture the imagination and dreams of middle school students who bring strong interests in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.”

Air Camp is a not-for-profit organization supported by grants and donations from educational institutions, businesses, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. For further information, visit

The three one-week camp sessions are June 14-19, July 5-10, and July 12-17.

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