Eighteen ASMS students attended the National Flight Academy’s six-day deployment program in June 2017, as a result of a collaborative effort between the Mobile Airport Authority Foundation and Brookley Aeroplex companies.
The students lived in the state-of-the-art, 102,000 square foot NFA facility and experienced theme-park style thrills surrounded by advanced technology, flight simulators, and virtual reality games that ignited imagination and encouraged learning. While aboard the virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION (CVT-11), students participated in activities that demonstrated the practical use of STEM skills and also gained valuable leadership and teamwork experience.
The Brookley STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Initiative is a collaborative effort of the Brookley Aeroplex aviation business community and is funded through sponsorships from Continental Motors, Airbus Americas, VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Alabama Power, Star Aviation, Signature Flight Support and the Mobile Airport Authority Foundation. The total sponsorship investment is more than $50,000 and funded 18 students from B.C. Rain High School to attend the NFA as well.
Another component of the Brookley Aeroplex STEM Initiative incorporates facility tours and job shadowing at participating companies during the 2017-2018 school year. Students will gain real-world skills and hands-on learning experiences while developing 21st century skills needed for success.