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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - They have set their sights on the sky — on becoming aviators, rocket scientists, or just learning the basics of aviation. The day camp called Flight School 2012 still has many openings, and executives with the Frontiers of Flight Museum said that the camp has been a well-kept secret for far too long.

Children participating in eight different aviation camps in Dallas said that they enjoy coming back year after year. “I’ve always wanted to be a pilot,” said Clare Kuhlmann, a high school student who has attended the camp for many years. Her love for aviation grew during numerous trips to Europe with her family. “I’ve been coming here since kindergarten and now I’m in ninth grade. So, I’ve just always been interested in airplanes, especially commercial airplanes.”

Parents and grandparents said that their children have learned a wide range of aviation lessons. “They’re learning physics. They’re learning about space,” says Craig Marckwardt, whose grandson is attending the camp.

“I love summer Flight School,” said Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, the CEO of the Frontiers of Flight Museum. “It’s a way for the kids to come in and learn, and now really realize what they’re learning. It does inspire them.”

The eight camps all cover different topics for various age groups. Advanced Aero has a focus on engineering projects. Amelia and Eleanor Fly! is designed for children 4 years old and up. Aviator’s Workshop, for third through sixth grade students, encompasses the basic principles of flight, and campers fly their own powered model airplanes. Rocket Lab is for students in the seventh and eighth grades, allowing students to construct their own model rockets. Friday Launch is for children in the first and second grade, and uses kites, balloons and butterflies to help students learn the basics of flight. Friday Flights is for children 4 to 6 years old, allowing students to explore space, meet a flyer and take a trip to the airport. The Rocket Science day camp leads students in grades three through six to learn more about Chinese rockets, and how to build a model rocket. Aero Lab is a four-day camp in which seventh and eighth grade students learn basic knowledge of flying weather and aerial charts, and then they fly a flight simulator at a college campus.

Fourth and fifth graders took their rockets to Grauwyler Park to launch their experiments. There were a few misfires, but most of the students were able to see their work speed up into the sky and come down gently with the help of a parachute.

Click here for more information about the camp or call 214-350-3600.

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