Our School Outreach Coordinators from Illahee and Lakota Middle Schools took 45 students to attend the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program at the Museum of Flight. Federal Way students represented the largest group of participants for the day.
The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program teaches students from under-served communities about science, engineering, flight dynamics and navigation in hands-on, state-of-the-art labs and simulators. Additionally, students are mentored by aerospace professionals including Alaska Airlines pilots, military aviators, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), Tuskegee Airmen, and Museum of Flight staff—taking them to new places, exposing them to new opportunities and creating dreams many had never even considered before.
Saturday marked the kick-off of this year’s program. Nearly 200 middle school students from around the region spent the day rotating through different activities at the Museum of Flight. They built robots, learned about the principles of aerodynamics and explored the museum’s historical galleries, before meeting a real, live astronaut: NASA’s Michael Barratt.
Additionally, these students will be guided and mentored by professionals in a variety of fields, including aerospace and engineering, and invited to participate in aviation and STEM-focused events throughout the year.