Duke Energy sponsors Space and Aviation Academy at UC Clermont College

Duke Energy will sponsor a Space and Aviation Academy at UC Clermont this fall.

The sponsorship highlights Duke’s ongoing support and UC Clermont’s commitment to delivering programs that support student interest in STEM fields. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The Space and Aviation Academy is a hands-on weekend workshop series designed to acquaint students with education options and diverse careers in astronomy, space and aviation. The program is open to 30 students who are 11-14 years old – there are only 13 spots remaining. With Duke Energy’s support, cost of the program is reduced to $100 and covers all activities, materials, admissions, an Academy T-shirt, student meals, and transportation for two field trips.

“Duke Energy is proud to support the Space and Aviation Academy as part of our strategic initiatives to advance STEM programs. Programs like this one contribute to the building blocks of a desirable workforce and highlight the talent in this region," said Warren Walker, District Manager Community & Government Relations Duke Energy. This is the second time Duke Energy has sponsored the STEM Academy at UC Clermont.

To participate, the student must be 11, 12, 13 or 14 years old by Sept. 30, 2013. A parent or guardian must register the student and make full payment. Confirmation paperwork will be sent during the week of Sept. 9. The medical form, field trip/transportation form, and photo release must be returned by Sept. 21 to complete enrollment in the program.

To register go to this link: https://webapps.uc.edu/communiversity/browseClasses.aspx?classId=_3TE0JR74L

When registration is filled, students have the option of being added to a waiting list in the event that there is a cancellation. Student cancellations Sept. 23 or before will receive full refunds minus a $10 processing fee. No refunds are available after that date.

Program topics and dates are:

Aviation and Flight
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28
Time: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport (2001 Sporty’s Drive in Batavia) and the Tri-State Warbird Museum (4021 Borman Drive, Batavia)
Description: Meet at Sporty’s and work at six hands-on aviation stations set up in an airplane hangar at the Clermont County Airport. You’ll learn about pre-flight work, aerodynamics, aircraft instruments, airport operations and more! After lunch, you’ll end the day with a tour of the Tri-State Warbird Museum where you’ll see restored World War II fighter airplanes.

Space Simulation
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26
Time: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: Meet at UC Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia for a field trip to iSPACE in Sharonville. Bus transportation provided to and from UC Clermont.
Description: Get on board with the iSPACE crew for an interactive, space-based mission simulation. Students will be immersed into an iMISSION where problem-solving, teamwork and communication will be necessary to work through their simulation and any “emergencies” the crew encounters. Students will take on various roles on the crew and will complete pre-flight briefings, a mission simulation and a debriefing session.

Astronomy Exploration
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9
Time: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: Meet at UC Clermont, Batavia, for a field trip to the Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout. Bus transportation provided to and from UC Clermont.
Description: We’ll travel to the Cincinnati Observatory and do a series of hands-on investigations using light and telescopes to explore the science of astronomy. Students will get to visit the home of the world’s oldest telescope still in use nightly by the general public.

The Wonder of Space: Astronaut Rick Searfoss
Date: Friday, Dec. 6
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Location: UC Clermont Student Activities Center, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia
Description: Students will meet Astronaut Rick Searfoss, Colonel, USAF Retired. An avid model rocketeer and science fiction reader as a youngster, Colonel Searfoss grew up enthralled with flying and space in the amazing days of Apollo and America’s push for the moon. He was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Air Force, with over 6,000 hours flying time before he became an astronaut. In his career he led many different teams, including commanding the most complex science research space mission ever, the STS-90 Neurolab flight on Columbia. He also piloted two other space flights, including a joint Russian-American mission to the Mir Space Station.

Colonel Searfoss will discuss his background and his space adventures with the students. Special host for the evening with be Milford teacher Steve Heck, Lt. Colonel USAF (Retired), a member of the Astronaut Citizens in Space program. Families are welcome to view the student display of work and join the Academy wrap-up celebration from 7:30-9 p.m.

For more information about the academy, contact Glenda Neff Director, Outreach Services at UC Clermont at glenda.neff@uc.edu or 513-558-0008.

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