Aviation Explorers Open House

The Pearson Field Education Center, in partnership with Cascadia Technical Academy and The Historic Trust, will host an open house for prospective Aviation Explorers from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 21. Aviation Explorers is a hands-on program open to young men and women from 14 to 20 years old who have an interest in learning more about careers in aviation. Parents are also invited to attend and learn about the program. Hot dogs and snacks will be provided.

Explorers meet on the first and third Saturdays every month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meetings incorporate activities, field trips, and interactions with aviation professionals, exposing youth to potential careers in aviation. Explorers is also a leadership development forum, in which participating youth assume governance roles and determine the goals and direction of the group. Aviation Explorers will experience firsthand what it’s like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, aerospace engineer, flight attendant or air traffic controller. They will visit airports, observe flight operations, and experience flying. Participants will learn about the educational requirements and receive tangible advice on steps to take now to prepare for a successful career in the field of aviation.

There is no charge to attend the initial meeting. If your child decides to join, the annual dues are $27. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver. For more information about Aviation Explorers, contact Garrett Schmidt at 360-992-1818 or garrett.schmidt@thehistorictrust.org, or go to the Facebook page @Aviation Explorer Post 1905.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of The Historic Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun. For more information about Pearson Field Education Center, visit www.pearsonfieldeducation.org or call 360-992-1815. For more information about The Historic Trust, visit www.thehistorictrust.org or call 360-992-1800.

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