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SECOND ANNUAL AOPA HIGH SCHOOL AVIATION STEM SYMPOSIUMSTEM Symposium

November 6-7, 2016

Museum of Flight | Raisbeck Aviation High School
Seattle, Washington

9404 East Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Nearly 200 aviation educators and administrators from around the country dedicated to building and strengthening aviation STEM programs in high schools attended the 2016 symposium. This symposium provided a forum for attendees to share best practices, discover how AOPA resources can support their efforts, as well as the opportunity to network with their peers. They participated in sessions focused on teaching practices, starting or improving an aviation program, and building partnerships. Information about the 2017 symposium will be coming soon.

Symposium Agenda

Start End  
Sunday, November 6, 2016
6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Location:

William E. Boeing Red Barn
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

Monday, November 7, 2016
7:15 am 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

Location:

Skyline Room
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

8:00 am 8:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks (Skyline Room)
8:15 am 9:00 am Group Session: AOPA High School Aviation Initiative Update (Skyline Room)
9:00 am 9:45 am Group Session: Private Philanthropy in Support of Aviation Education (Skyline Room)
10:00 am 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

  • Integrating Aviation Content into Core Curriculum (Skyline Room)
  • 8 Things You Need to Know About Aviation Exploring (View Lounge, North)
  • Breaking the Barriers: From Afterschool Flying Club to Aviation in the Classroom (View Lounge, South)
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School Tour (Meet outside Skyline Room)
11:10 am 12:10 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Integrating Aviation Content into Core Curriculum (Skyline Room)
  • Demystifying Dual Enrollment in Aviation Programs (View Lounge, North)
  • The Path to a Private Pilot Certification (View Lounge, South)
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School Tour (Meet outside Skyline Room)
12:15 pm 1:15 pm

Lunch and Keynote – Leadership Lessons from a Turbulent Industry (Skyline Room)

  • Keynote Speaker: Bill Ayer, Chairman & CEO (retired), Alaska Air Group
1:15 pm 2:00 pm Networking Event (Skyline Room)
2:15 pm 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions
  • Demystifying Dual Enrollment in Aviation Programs (View Lounge, North)
  • Breaking the Barriers: From Afterschool Flying Club to Aviation in the Classroom (View Lounge, South)
  • Aviation Pathways and Partnerships in a Public CTE High School (Skyline Room)
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School Tour (Meet outside Skyline Room)
3:20 pm 4:00 pm Group Session – AOPA’s Aviation STEM Curriculum Development (Skyline Room)
4:00 pm 4:15 pm Closing (Skyline Room)

Education Sessions and Speakers

Group Sessions

Monday, November 7

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

AOPA High School Aviation Initiative Update

Presenters: Pat Cwayna, CEO, West Michigan Aviation Academy
Cindy Hasselbring, Sr. Director, High School Aviation Initiative, AOPA

This session will bring you up to date on AOPA’s work to expand access to aviation for the next generation of pilots through its High School Aviation Initiative.  Current actions and future plans, including aviation STEM curriculum development within career and technical education pathways, will be shared.

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Private Philanthropy in Support of Aviation Education

Moderator: Katie Pribyl, Sr. Vice President, Communications, AOPA
Panelists: Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines, Seattle, WA
Brad Lawrence, Retired Executive Chairman of the Board, Esterline Technologies Corporation, Bellevue, WA
James D. Raisbeck, Founder and CEO, Raisbeck Engineering, Seattle, WA
Sam Whiting, Director, Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle, WA

What do donors look for when investing their own resources in schools?  What are the most compelling aspects of a program and of school leadership that inspire investment? This session will feature leaders in aviation who have made significant contributions to advancing aviation education.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote – Leadership Lessons from a Turbulent Industry

Keynote Speaker: Bill Ayer, Chairman & CEO (retired), Alaska Air Group

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

AOPA’s Aviation STEM Curriculum Development

Presenters: Dr. James Greenan, Professor and Chair, Career and Technical Education, Purdue University
Bernard Wulle, Associate Professor, Department of Aviation Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

AOPA is developing high school aviation STEM curriculum that will fit within four career and technical education (CTE) pathways.  These include pilot, aerospace engineering, aviation technology, and UAS (drones).  Current plans, project timeline, and how teachers can participate will be shared in this session. 

Breakout Sessions

Monday, November 7

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Integrating Aviation Content into Core Curriculum

Presenters: Scott McComb, science teacher, Raisbeck Aviation High School
Marcie Wombold, social studies teacher, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Making a project an “aviation project” isn’t just to make it more interesting.  Rather, it offers students the opportunity to address challenges that occur in the real world. The aviation connection provides a context to teach complex processes, problem solving, decision making, and communication.  Learn how flight simulators can be used to teach physics, flight test, and lessons about life.  Hear how social studies students researched issues associated with drones and generated proposals for promoting UAS to the general public for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Eight Things You Need to Know about Aviation Exploring

Presenter: Mark Wiesenhahn, Vice President, Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Aviation Exploring is a STEM-focused, national program open to young men and women from 14 to 20 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in aviation. Through a series of exciting aviation activities and tours of aviation businesses, young people have the opportunity to interact with aviation professionals working in a wide range of aviation careers including pilot, mechanic, engineer and more.  This presentation is a concise explanation of Aviation Exploring concentrating on some of the misconceptions which people have concerning Aviation Exploring. These include a reminder that Exploring is open to both young women and young men while explaining the flexibility that individual Exploring leaders have in establishing and managing their own posts.

Breaking the Barriers: From Afterschool Flying Club to Aviation in the Classroom

Presenters: Coreen Carrillo, Principal, Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science (SAMS) Academy
Daren Gallacher, Director of Aviation, SAMS Academy and Southwest Secondary Learning Center
Robert Pasztor, Principal, Southwest Secondary Learning Center

This presentation will share how a public high school flying club transitioned into a one-of-a-kind aviation program.  The speakers will share how they overcame barriers such as funding, curriculum, and barriers with local and state government, traditional education mindset, higher education departments, socio-economics, and more.  Come prepared to be inspired, to ask questions and to leave with ideas on how to create a program, or how to take your flying club to the next level.

Raisbeck Aviation High School Tour

Guides: Student Ambassadors and Administration, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Take the opportunity to tour Raisbeck Aviation High School, a public, aviation high school that provides students with many opportunities to prepare for futures in the aviation and aerospace industries.  Raisbeck is within easy walking distance to the Museum of Flight (5-10 minutes).

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Integrating Aviation Content into Core Curriculum

Presenters: Scott McComb, science teacher, Raisbeck Aviation High School
Marcie Wombold, social studies teacher, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Making a project an “aviation project” isn’t just to make it more interesting.  Rather, it offers students the opportunity to address challenges that occur in the real world. The aviation connection provides a context to teach complex processes, problem solving, decision making, and communication.  Learn how flight simulators can be used to teach physics, flight test, and lessons about life.  Hear how social studies students researched issues associated with drones and generated proposals for promoting UAS to the general public for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Demystifying Dual Enrollment in Aviation Programs

Presenter: Eric Crump, Aerospace Program Director, Polk State College

We all know that dual enrollment opportunities are a huge benefit to high school students. The more difficult part is forming a quality agreement with your dual enrollment partner and effectively and efficiently implementing a dual enrollment program, especially one that is aerospace- or aviation-specific. This session focuses on the practical side of making the most out of collegiate dual enrollment.

The Path to a Private Pilot Certificate

Presenter: Dave Sebuck, Chief Flight Instructor & Director of Flight Operations, West Michigan Aviation Academy

Want to help your students earn a private pilot certificate before they graduate?  Learn how the West Michigan Aviation Academy does it!  This session will provide an overview of the coursework and requirements for a student at WMAA to receive Private Pilot Certificate.  The primary focus will be on the design and implementation of private pilot ground school and flight science operations, legal requirements and regulations, and associated costs.

Raisbeck Aviation High School Tour

Guides: Student Ambassadors and Administration, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Take the opportunity to tour Raisbeck Aviation High School, a public, aviation high school that provides students with many opportunities to prepare for futures in the aviation and aerospace industries.  Raisbeck is within easy walking distance to the Museum of Flight (5-10 minutes).

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Demystifying Dual Enrollment in Aviation Programs

Presenter: Eric Crump, Aerospace Program Director, Polk State College

We all know that dual enrollment opportunities are a huge benefit to high school students. The more difficult part is forming a quality agreement with your dual enrollment partner and effectively and efficiently implementing a dual enrollment program, especially one that is aerospace- or aviation-specific. This session focuses on the practical side of making the most out of collegiate dual enrollment.

Breaking the Barriers: From Afterschool Flying Club to Aviation in the Classroom

Presenters: Coreen Carrillo, Principal, Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science (SAMS) Academy
Daren Gallacher, Director of Aviation, SAMS Academy and Southwest Secondary Learning Center
Robert Pasztor, Principal, Southwest Secondary Learning Center

This presentation will share how a public high school flying club transitioned into a one-of-a-kind aviation program.  The speakers will share how they overcame barriers such as funding, curriculum, and barriers with local and state government, traditional education mindset, higher education departments, socio-economics, and more.  Come prepared to be inspired, to ask questions and to leave with ideas on how to create a program, or how to take your flying club to the next level.

Aviation Pathways and Partnerships in a Public CTE High School

Presenter: Lou Amadee, aviation instructor, East Valley Institute of Technology

The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) works with local flight schools, aviation industry leaders, and collegiate programs to give students a chance to explore aviation in a meaningful way.  Learn how EVIT has successfully leveraged these partnerships to arrange internships and flight training for their students then apply these best practices to your program!

Raisbeck Aviation High School Tour

Guides: Student Ambassadors and Administration, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Take the opportunity to tour Raisbeck Aviation High School, a public, aviation high school that provides students with many opportunities to prepare for futures in the aviation and aerospace industries.  Raisbeck is within easy walking distance to the Museum of Flight (5-10 minutes).

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Morning Session

Philanthropy panel

Leadership Lessons from a Turbulent Industry

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2016 AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium Sponsors

Gold: Breakfast Sponsor
Blue Sky
Silver: Breakout Room Sponsor
Embry Riddle
Lanyard Sponsor
Jeppesen
Tote Bag Sponsor
Program Guide Sponsor
Unmanned Safety
Pen Sponsor
Heurobotics