FAIRBORN — Air Camp has announced that Jared Rodeheffer, son of Brenda and Scott Rodeheffer, of Fort Loramie, successfully completed Air Camp’s rigorous graduation requirements of hands-on learning curriculum and activities including flight training this past summer.
Air Camp introduces middle school students to the wonders of flight and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) of aviation and aeronautics. Just 136 middle school students from across the nation were selected to attend one of Air Camp’s three summer sessions hosted on the Wright State University campus.
Air Camp highlights included taking flight-simulator training at Sinclair Community College’s aviation school and piloting an airplane at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport; experiencing the physics of flight and the new wing of the National Museum of the United States Air Force; touring the air traffic control tower and viewing operations at Dayton International Airport; assessing the challenges of on-scene medical care using paramedic equipment; touring Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Research Laboratory; discovering the history of flight at Carillon Park; and viewing worldwide flight patterns at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.
A graduation ceremony was conducted on the last day of each camp session with parents, family members and other guests invited to see their children receive awards for their work.
“Air Camp inspires middle school students to develop a passion for the STEM fields by exploring these subjects as they apply to aviation and aeronautics. They learn the science and evolution of flight, take the controls during an actual flight under the guidance of a certified pilot instructor and collaborate with their peers in immersive activities at unique aviation sites throughout the Dayton area,” said Shannon Coblenz, Air Camp director of operations.
Jared, 13, is a student at Fort Loramie Middle School.
“Jared attended Air Camp because he has always had an interest in and a love for flying. He is planning to make flying his career and intends on obtaining pilot licenses for both helicopters and airplanes,” wrote Brenda in a recent email.