Sixty-six middle school students are concluding a Flying Challenge mentoring program by taking flights over Wichita.
For many of the students, it is the first time they’ve ever been in an airplane, organizers said.
Flying Challenge is a program designed to inspire students at risk of graduating from high school or pursuing college to challenge themselves to pursue degrees and consider a career in aviation, organizers said.
It is coordinated by United Way of the Plains and sponsored by Airbus Corporate Foundation.
The program matched Airbus engineers and Wichita State University engineering students with students at Brooks Center for STEM and the Arts Magnet Middle School.
There, students can see how professionals apply math and science through weekly mentoring visits, field trips and hands-on experiences.
Students who stayed with the program are being rewarded by a private flight over Wichita at the National Center for Aviation Training.
They also are getting a look at NCAT’s unmanned aerial systems program, its machining and design labs and its virtual paint lab.