The Tom Wathen Center conducts a three-session "Introduction to Aviation" program for fourth, fifth- and sixth-graders in the Riverside Area.Two sessions are held at each of the 28 elementary schools in the program, and the third at Flabob Airport. This program serves over 250 students annually.
Regular Curriculum: One hour of classroom instruction on each of two days at studentsí regular classroom, comprising History of Aviation; Theory of Flight, including the four forces (lift, drag, thrust and gravity), followed by a quiz; use of airplanes for commercial and general aviation and military use; history of aviation. Classroom instruction is supplemented by a 2-hour class visit to Flabob Airport, where students apply the knowledge gained in theory of flight to construct and fly paper airplanes or parachutes, and to study actual airplanes, including a DC-3 airliner, and replicas of Golden Age air racers.
Commencing in the 2012-2013 academic year, this program will be restructured to take place entirely in our classroom and other facilities at Flabob Airport, with 2.5 hours of instruction on one day. A separate program for 1st - 3rd graders will be added. This change will enable us to serve about 1,500 students annually from 26 schools. Discussions with a school district to add an additional ten schools are under way. The faculty will continue to be Ms. Rohm, Col. Gester, Mr. McKenzie and Mr. McCue.
Call Kathy Rohm at 951-683-2309 x 104 to find out how your school can participate in this program.