Expanding STEM education with aerodynamics and indoor skydiving is behind the effort of a skydiving center to give students a chance to fly.
iFLY Denver is located south of the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree. Recently they invited 30 local educators to learn more about a program they are developing that show the physics of flight.
“It’s a way for us to get into outreach and education,” said Marc Gibbons, general manager. “We get to educate people, not just on how to skydive in the wind tunnel, but also on the real science and math that’s involved in flying.”
The students who participated in the iFLY program experimented with wind tunnel flight, as they learned about related math and science principles and applied them in classes that were specific to grade levels. The STEM program aligns with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core math.
“It’s absolutely applicable to the real world, and the science is really easy to present,” said iFLY Denver’s STEM instructor, Florence Bocquet, “Over the last two years, I’ve had plenty of kids who come out of the wind tunnel and then say, ‘OK, I want to be a flight instructor now.’”