Three Pillans Middle School students who participated in the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge program left for Munich, Germany, today to participate in an engineering and innovation conference with students from five countries.
The students – AlLandria Jackson, Nicole Goodwin and Alexis Vander – will represent their school and Mobile in the Flying Experience Day in celebration of the Airbus Foundation’s 10th Anniversary.
Engineers with Airbus have been mentoring these and other students at Pillans all year. Last week, the school participated in the Flying Challenge, which culminated with science activities at the Gulf Coast Exploreum.
Airbus mentors and officials, along with leaders of Mobile County Public Schools, were at the airport today to send off the excited girls.
All three students – who were selected for their grades, leadership and interest in the Airbus Flying Challenge Program – said they now want to go into science or engineering careers when they graduate from high school. In preparation for the student’s trip, Airbus mentors helped the students obtain passports and organize travel itineraries.
Jeremy Smith, Manager of Services Engineering for Airbus, said, “I am very pleased to have three of our students represent the Mobile program in Germany. Opportunities like this one are very important towards student success in scholastic activities because they help prepare and inspire students for tomorrow’s challenges. The mentors and I are very excited to see the future achievements of these bright students.”
Upon arriving in Germany, the students will have the opportunity to tour the city, network with other students, partake in a 10th Anniversary Cake celebration, and observe an Airbus airshow featuring parachute jumpers and vintage Airbus aircraft. They will also have an opportunity to participate in a “riddle rally” with the chance to win a special flight.
In Mobile, The goal of the Airbus Flying Challenge is focused on enhancing the life options and academic success of Palmer Pillans students beyond high school. It’s a community effort which works in partnership with United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA), the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (Exploreum), the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF), and Mobile County Public Schools (MCPSS). Together, these organizations provide a team-based mentoring platform from which they offer STEM-based learning and character development activities.
Mobile County Public Schools values partnerships with local businesses like this one with Airbus. Mentoring programs in particular enhance the lives of our students, the mentors themselves and the community as a whole.