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Connecting the class with the real world of aviation

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Connecting the class with the real world of aviation

For most high school students, linking what they learn in the classroom to their career interests and aspirations is vital to ensure that they are engaged in the material and acquire skills that are critical to their success.

A relatively new curriculum developed by the Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation does just that. It presents classroom lessons that include relevant real-world scenarios as well as field trips where students connect with professionals and experience aviation first hand.

Here is a collection of photos of the program in action in the classroom and at the local airport with a group of Magruder High School students in Rockville, Maryland.

Sophomore Byron Barksdale (left) and classmates from the Magruder High School Aviation Program examine the inside of a charter plane at Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, April 6, 2022.
Ben Berman, co-pilot and safety director for OpenAir charter flights, talks to students of the Magruder High School aviation program during a visit to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, on April 6, 2022.
Oxygen masks are coming down from the ceiling when students at the Magruder High School Aviation Program feel inside a charter plane at Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, on April 6, 2022.
Roxana Ober, director of admissions and information work at the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, talks to students of the Magruder High School aviation program during a trip to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, April 6, 2022.
Students at the Magruder High School Aviation Program receive a mechanics lesson during a trip to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, April 6, 2022.
Sophomore Luke Moitoza, an aviation program participant at Magruder High School, examines the landing gear during a visit to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, April 6, 2022.
Students at the Magruder High School Aviation Program review various parts of the aircraft during a visit to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, April 6, 2022.
Students at the Magruder High School Aviation Program look at the open engine of an airplane during a visit to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, on April 6, 2022.
On April 6, 2022, students at the Magruder High School Aviation Program visit Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland.
Sophomores in the aviation program at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland, are working together to assemble a helicopter during classes on April 7, 2022.
Sophomores in the aviation program at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland, are working together to assemble a helicopter during classes on April 7, 2022.
Luke Moitoza (left) and Byron Barksdale, sophomores in the aviation program at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland, are working together to assemble a helicopter during classes on April 7, 2022.
Students in the aviation program at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland, use multimeters to test a variety of batteries in a lesson on April 7, 2022.
Dan Howell, a teacher of aviation and technology at Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland, on April 7, 2022 gives a lesson on batteries as part of an aviation program.

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Sophomore Byron Barksdale, an aviation program participant at Magruder High School, examines an open aircraft engine during a visit to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, on April 6, 2022.

Sophomore Byron Barksdale, an aviation program participant at Magruder High School, examines an open aircraft engine during a visit to Montgomery County Airport in Geiserburg, Maryland, on April 6, 2022.

Jacqueline Borowski / Education Week

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