Aero Squad After-School Program and Summer of Flight Will Improve Academic Achievement through Aviation Recreation

Compton, California – April 16, 2012 (TAM) To address the historically low math and science test scores in this region, TAM is launching Aero Squad Summer of Flight, the first of three 10-week classes annually which will use actual flight time and pilot training to encourage students to explore math, science, and engineering while improving […]


Compton, California – April 16, 2012 (TAM) To address the historically low math and science test scores in this region, TAM is launching Aero Squad Summer of Flight, the first of three 10-week classes annually which will use actual flight time and pilot training to encourage students to explore math, science, and engineering while improving their attitudes towards school. Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum has been awarded a two-year grant of $60,000 by the California Community Foundation through its Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow (PAT) initiative to improve academic achievement, decision-making skills, and self-esteem of youth in South Los Angeles through aviation recreation and to build its organizational capacity to sustain these services.

Students will learn the fundamentals of flying in TAM’s state of the art Flight Simulator Sky Lab, experience the thrill of flight with FAA Certified Flight Instructors, have opportunities to hear guest speakers, and go on field trips designed to inspire students to pursue careers in aviation technology and engineering with companies like SpaceX, Boeing, NASA JPL’s and more.

Partners on this project include AmeriCorps*VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America), Compton High School, and Compton Unified School District. VISTAs, who are full time public service members, will help coordinate recruitment, provide curriculum development, and strengthen evaluation best practices in close consultation with Compton High staff.

Recruiting will kick-off with a Positive Vibrations Assembly on Thursday, April 26th at Compton High School. Application forms will be available. Families are also invited to learn more at TAM’s Open House on Saturday, April 28th and during the Arts & Aviation Career Expo on Saturday, May 5th. Please contact Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum for more information on enrollment.

About TAM

Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit using the power of aeronautics to empower youths’ dreams with unique afterschool educational, career development, and mentoring resources. TAM has been able to give youth in Compton and the greater Los Angeles area, the academic and motivational support they need to graduate high school, go to college, give back to their communities, and become future leaders and innovators in science, technology, engineering and math. TAM provides education outreach through its fixed-wing flight school, community-wide events, Positive Vibrations helicopter demonstrations, and also serves as a field trip destination.

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