Thirty-six local students will have the opportunity to find out what it’s like to live and work on an aircraft carrier through participation in the National Flight Academy’s six-day Deployment program, thanks to a $50,000 sponsorship by the Mobile Airport Authority Foundation and the Brookley Aeroplex.
Representatives from B.C. Rain High School, which partners with several local aerospace companies through its Aviation and Aerospace Signature Academy, have been asked to help identify students in the 10th and 11th grades through a competitive application process to participate in the program.
Deployment will place students aboard a landlocked, virtual aircraft carrier for six days, exposing them to advanced technology as they conduct virtual reality missions. The adventure is designed to inspire and engage students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Brookley Aeroplex STEM Initiative is a collaborative effort of the Brookley Aeroplex aviation business community and funded through sponsorship from Continental Motors, Airbus Americas, VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Alabama Power, Star Aviation, Signature Aviation and the Mobile Airport Authority Foundation. The funding covers the six-day Deployment tuition and bus transportation for all students to the facility in Pensacola.
The Brookley Aeroplex STEM Initiative also provides for facility tours and job shadowing at participating companies to help students gain real-world skills through hands-on learning experiences. B.C. Rain students recently toured Continental Motors’ facility at Brookley as part of the Initiative.
“The NFA STEM program sponsored by the Brookley Aeroplex aviation business community is a way for us to be involved in the community and help the next generation see the value of focusing on STEM while in school,” said Rhett Ross, president and CEO of Continental Motors. “Our goal is to excite the next generation of workers to realize that there are great careers with great pay as long as you leave high school with a STEM foundation.”