New Academy Facility Almost Ready–Plus Other News

Artist Rendering of Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
Artist Rendering of Academy of Aerospace and Engineering

The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at John Wallace Middle School is about to begin its next phase when we move into our new facility. The contractors are working hard so that we have our last day in our temporary classroom on Friday, October 2nd and begin teaching and learning in our new rooms on Monday, October 5th. We will go from operating in a crowded science lab room to having a dedicated science classroom and lab, a math classroom, and an aerospace lab. The aerospace lab area will include a whole wall of flight simulators with study tables nearby, a collaboration area for brainstorming and discussion, and a makerspace for creative engineering design. The artist’s rendering gives a good idea what it will be like. We will take several days to fully settle in, then on October 22nd, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, the Superintendent of Newington Public Schools is hosting a grand opening ceremony and open house at the new facility for students, their families, teachers and mentors, and local dignitaries.

Academy Induction Ceremony
Academy Induction Ceremony

In other news, we had an outstanding Academy Induction Ceremony on the night of the Wallace School open house. Almost all students and their families were able to attend. This ceremony signified that the new students were truly members now of a new, dynamic learning community. To prove the point, they showed their families how to fly the flight simulators.

Finally, we had another guest speaker on September 18th, Mr. Bob Spaulding, President of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 27 from Meriden-Markham Airport. He explained to the students what the EAA does and what it offers to youth. The students were interested in the Young Eagles program where EAA pilots take up youth for free flights. The next local Young Eagles event is on Saturday, October 17, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Meriden-Markham Airport, 213 Evansville Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451. Students interested in flying should show up at the airport at 9:00 AM with their parents/guardians–parents/guardians must sign permission forms on the day of the event before a student is allowed to fly. Happy flying!

Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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