UVU Flight Club Engages Community In Science Palooza
March 31, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
Written by: Heather Wrigley
The Utah Valley University Flight Team recently participated in Provo Parks and Recreation’s “Kid’s Science Palooza,” where children of all ages were invited to interact with experiments, demonstrations and fun activities designed to teach them the fun of science.
Set up alongside several science clubs from other organizations and schools, the flight club booth offered enthusiastic youth the chance to test drive a flight simulator and talk to pilots-in-training about the field of aviation.
“We had dozens of people lined up to check out our booth,” said Frank Manderino, a lecturer in the School of Aviation Sciences and club adviser. “It was a great opportunity for the local community to become more familiar with the high-caliber aviation program we offer at the University, and for our students to apply their knowledge and expertise outside the classroom setting.”
Aviation is a field especially suited to encouraging kids to embrace science because it involves each of the four major STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. UVU’S Flight Club’s main purpose is to encourage, enhance and solidify the fundamentals of flight training. STEM education has been a key priority of lawmakers and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert as the state moves forward on a goal to increase degree attainment among Utah’s working adults.
“If we can help kids see early on that the field of aviation is exciting and that it continues to expand, we can help them see that it’s a possibility for them as far as a career goes,” Manderino said. “And by getting our students involved in events like this, we help them become more engaged, conscious members of the community and of the professional world of aviation.”