Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Air Show to Feature Seminar for Students

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Air Show to Feature Seminar for Students

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High school students will be guests of honor for Aerospace America July 15 as they cap a day of aerospace education and career awareness at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport.

City, state and federal agencies have teamed with industry and educational institutions for the air show's first Aerospace Career Education Seminar.

All Oklahoma students entering the ninth through 12th grades in the fall, along with graduating seniors, have been invited to the event which will be highlighted with the air show's special Friday night performance. The Canadian Snowbirds, a jet aerial demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Air Force, will be featured performers for all three days of the air show.

Charge for the students, including the seminar, lunch, refreshments and admission to the air show, is $10, according to Jane Bell, chair of the show's education committee.

"That $10 will not come close to covering anything that it will cost to attend," she said. "But the idea is to force the kids to make a commitment. We feel that if they have to pay $10 they will be more likely to attend and really get something out of it."

While the air show will run July 15, 16 and 17, the education event will be for one day only, she said. In fact, the seminar is scheduled during the time that exhibit and demonstration aircraft will be arriving and then set up in the static displays, adding an extra measure of excitement for the students.

Booths, lectures, discussions, demonstrations and exhibits have been set up by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, Metro Tech's Aviation Career Center, the Oklahoma Air National Guard, the Oklahoma City Department of Airports, commercial airlines and other companies involved with the aerospace industry, and the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum, Bell said.

"What we want to do is allow the students to explore the necessary qualifications, education and specialized training or experience required for a career in aviation," she said. …

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