Seatbelt strapped. Doors locked. Headset on. A turn of a key and the plane roars to life. It’s time to experience the four forces of flight in person.
Those who have flown inside a small aircraft will understand what a handful of Granite School District teachers experienced this past weekend: excitement and awe overpowering some nerves as they climbed into the sky above Utah County.
Landing on the ground after soaring in the air with stellar views of snow-capped peaks, it’s easy to understand why each teacher wore an enormous smile. It’s also easy to understand why these educators are eager to help their students understand the wide array of available STEM opportunities and careers.
This remarkable experience was the Teacher Orientation Program Flight Event in coordination with the Utah Air Force Association and the Aerospace Education Foundation.
“The event’s central purpose is to provide educators with an opportunity to participate in an orientation flight and document the experience to share with colleagues and students,” said District system support coach Patti White.
With a hands-on experience in the aerospace industry under their belts, these teachers will continue to enhance their classrooms through STEM education.
Side Note: The Utah Air Force Association and the Aerospace Education Foundation are seeking nominations for elementary and secondary Teacher of the Year. To submit a nomination, fill out this application and submit it to Patti White (contact information on the form).