Thanks to a special needs teacher who is an aviation buff, special needs kids learn about flying while meeting Common Core standards.
Special needs teacher Mark Nicholson shows his students how to fly a battery powered glider at Oceanside’s Jefferson Middle School, while using Civil Air Patrol lessons that incorporate textbook lessons and apply them to real life.
Nicholson’s lessons include everything from Aerodynamics and windsock construction to airplane anatomy and algebra concepts of radius and distance.
Some of his students have expressed the desire to become pilots some day. Nicholson is hoping that the program will catch on with other teachers.
“His way of integrating this into a special-needs program is something we’ve not seen before,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Scott, director of the Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education California wing
The glider program began just a few months ago for special needs students. Nicholson plans to develop a larger aerospace education program to include all 650 students in Jefferson’s 6-8 grades.