The Civil Air Patrol is an aviation partner with and elementary school, in a new partnership which supports teachers and students in STEM education.
At Wetumpka Elementary School in Alabama, students returned from a brief holiday to watch their principal, assistant administrator and schools superintendent fly over the school, inaugurating the partnership with the Civil Air Patrol. In addition to seeing the plane fly over, the event was live streamed via Assistant Administrator Tracy Wright’s cell phone so the students could see as much of flight on board as possible.
Wright wanted to include as much science and technology as possible in the event, promoting STEM subjects at the school. He has advocated for STEM development in the school and the school system. He has been at the head of the efforts to incorporate STEM subjects into curriculum.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids as well as teachers,” said Principal Bonnie Sullivan. She commented that the partnership enables teachers to participate in professional development with CAP.
“They get kits and educational information for classroom teaching,” Sullivan said.
The CAP website says “As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.”