Interest in engineering soars with Aeronautics Girls camp

Jw Story, Student

This year, NKU is hosting the “Aeronautics Girls” camp, where girls from grades 6 through 10 come to learn about piloting, building, and maintaining aircraft.

The camp, headed by Instructor Bill Schneider, is taking place the week of June 20-24. Many of the girls taking part had great enthusiasm for the camp and its activities. One in particular, Tia Nurredin of the eighth grade, seemed particularly excited by the engineering prospect of the camp. “My sister wanted to be an engineer and came to this camp,” said Nurredin, “I decided I wanted to become an engineer, too.”

Another camp member, Grace Mcclurg, plans to become a NASA pilot in the future. Before joining the Airforce for her 1,000 flight hours, she came to this camp to “learn how planes work and the procedures you have to take before you fly.” She said the camp is her first real, offline look at how aeronautics work.

The camp has been shown to be a very good starter point for both engineers and pilots alike. But even those not interested in a future career in the aeronautics field find enjoyment in the camp. Audrey Baldon, a fifth-grader, said that while she didn’t plan to go into the field, she found the activities like parachute and wooden plane testing fun. When asked if she found anything in the camp interesting, she simply said, “Does everything count?”

Schneider said that using “hands on” methods was a tremendous way to teach the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Medical) program. On Wednesday, June 22, the campers were building parachutes and wooden airplanes and testing them by dropping them off a four- story railing, learning the properties of drag and other forces.

The “Aeronautics Girls” Camp is a part of the CINSAM Summer Camp program that happens every summer at NKU.