Reporting Elizabeth Dinh
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A summer program in Dallas is encouraging kids to take flight, by teaching them about the wide world of aviation.
Sofia Corona created a hand-made airplane, but not just for fun. It is part of the 14-year-old’s passion for the skies. “Just the way how they are built is fascinating,” she said, “because you wouldn’t imagine something flying in the air, taking you places you never thought you could be.”
Corona is just one of several kids signed up for summer programs this year at the Frontiers of Flight Museum near Dallas Love Field. There are a lot of things to learn about at the museum, and the children in these programs cannot wait to soak up all that knowledge.
“Aviation changes a lot,” said 15-year-old Anna Scida, “with figuring out routes and such, and figuring out what altitude you have to fly at.”
“With the rocket, you can learn to do better mathematics and learn to do physics,” added 10-year-old Nathan Scida.
The children will be learning but, make no mistake, this is definitely not summer school. “Well, first of all, it’s fun,” said Sharon Spalding, director of education at the museum. “We don’t have homework. You don’t have to turn in tests.” The organizers compare it to a different kind of recess, where kids get to make and launch their own rockets.
“There’s gun powder in the engine,” explained Nathan Scida, “and when electricity runs through gun powder, it blows up.”
The children can also learn how to fly, too. “Simulators are a lot harder than real airplanes,” said 11-year-old Zack Shawver. “It takes a lot of practice to get used to them, and you have to learn how to steer the airplane and let off the throttle and flaps.”
And, if the kids are having fun while learning important lessons, they are certain to soar when they head back to classes in the fall.
The musuem offers summer programs from kids ages 4 to 10th grade, and is expecting to enroll about 400 children this summer. Click here for more information.
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