Inspiration Through Aviation
Since 2000, The Tom Wathen Center has offered a growing number of programs using "Inspiration through Aviation" to encourage STEM learning.
Science taught through Real-World applications
Technology activities used to enhance learning
Engineering skills gained through hands-on experiences
Math taught from an aviation perspective
PROGRAMS FOR KIDS & TEENS
Young Eagles Flights
The Young Eagles flight program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people ages 8 through 17 the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of flying in a general aviation airplane. The Tom Wathen Center supports Flabob Airport’s EAA Chapter One in providing free airplane rides made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.
Red Barn Aviation
This program is available for students 14 & 1/2 years or older. In these restoration projects, small groups of students under close and expert adult supervision have fun and learn restoration skills. The group meets on Saturday mornings.
Youth Opportunity Program
Certified instructors work hand in hand with misguided and disadvantaged youth Students are taught basic structural repair, fabric covering prep and paint. Two programs of this nature are available; auto-body and aircraft restoration.
New Rocketry Program
The Tom Wathen Center has built a rocket lab to help students learn about solid and liquid engine powered rockets. Click 'additional information to read more:
This program geared for middle and high school students provides a broad introduction to aviation science including weather, navigation, and the principals of flight. Programs include a number of hands-on activities and 3 day Air Academy culminates an EAA Chapter One Young Eagles airplane flight.