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Middle School Students Building an Airplane

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James Greer
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#1 Posted: 3/1/2011 13:15:51

I decided to do my part to help involve young people in aviation. We began building an experimental airplane at the middle school I work in. We started in October 2010 and have the rear fuselage section just about finished and will begin on the cabin section next. Since we cannot use school funds, I am paying for this out of my own pocket. I have received some help from our local EAA chapter and it has kept us going. We are building a plans built Zenith 701 and it is amazing what the students are learning. There are about 10 kids involved and we work on it every morning before school. We are building this at CW Davis Middle School in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Jim Greer



Nick Myers
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#2 Posted: 3/2/2011 07:35:25

Kudos!  Do the students at least get some kind of credit for this extra class?

I can understand why the school may not want to sponser it, but when I was in HS, I did outside activities volunteering at elementary schools and the school systems television station, and was able to count the time as credit with just a letter of understanding between the school and the organization.

Just a thought.



James Greer
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#3 Posted: 3/2/2011 20:13:56

The school system can't give credit, we have it as a club before and after school. Out previous Governor did come and visit them this past December and one of the people in our local EAA chapter gave us an unfinished plane to use for parts. Alot of people do not believe that we are really building an airplane but the kids that are involved really love it. Building a plane is usually a project tried by high school students. Jim



Bob Rudolph
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#4 Posted: 3/25/2011 22:15:16

 

The kids at the Athenian School in Danville California have completed a Wag-Aero Sport Trainer and it was auctioned after it was fully licensed and flew successfully, in order to finance the building of a Christian Eagle.  The Eagle is in the late stages of construction.  The Athenian School has both middle and high school students and students from all grades participated in this after school project.  I learned that 8th grade girls produce the absolute best wood ribs that I have ever seen.  Working with young people on a project like this is extremely enjoyable.  At least 2 local EAA chapters have been involved and more help is always needed and appreciated.  For information you might contact the Athenian School directly. Their contact information is on their  web site: http://www.athenian.org/

 



George Steed
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#5 Posted: 3/25/2011 23:24:53

Jim,  Congratulations.  Both you and the kids will get more than you can imagine out of it.  Between 1997 and 2007 we built a CH-701, most of a CH-601, and many parts for a second 701, from plans, at our junior high.  The school gave credit to the kids as their vocational technical education requirement.  The highly motivated kids loved it because they could take care of their credit after school and it freed up an elective during the day for something else.  Initially I sponsored the program but then we stood up a non-profit, got the IRS to grant 501 (c) 3 status, I donated the partially completed airframe to the non-profit, and took the tax deduction.  I got a check back from the IRS for $5500 (making the IRS our largest contributor, sort of).  We had many mentors from Chapter 406 that helped us with expertise and mentoring.  The kids learned precision, tolerances, tool use, industrial process, cooperative learning, mentoring, and a lot about aviation.  Our 701 almost flew but had engine issues that we're sorting out right now.   Please contact me if you've got any questions.  George Steed


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