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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

STEM Scholars Take Simulated Flight at DeKalb Airport

Apr 25, 2017
Press Release
Hultgren Leads Students through Kishwaukee’s High School Aviation Program

Campton Hills, IL — On Saturday, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and his STEM Scholars from the 14th District experienced the Kishwaukee Education Consortium High School Aviation Program firsthand at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. The group learned about new technologies used in the aviation industry, aeronautical career pathways and engaged in hands-on learning with flight simulators and other activities.

A STEM Scholar takes flight in a KEC flight simulator
(A STEM Scholar takes flight in a KEC flight simulator)

“Kishwaukee Educational Consortium’s aviation program is a model for getting high school students excited and engaged in the aviation careers—and Saturday was no exception,” said Rep. Hultgren. “From learning about aeronautics and the power of flight, to new technologies in aviation and tackling flight simulators, the students’ eyes were opened to the world of flight. Several students that have graduated from this program have gone on to the air force academy or have become commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, aviation mechanics, airport managers or flight instructors. I hope to see 14th District high school students pursue the many opportunities in aviation.”

The Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC)is a combined effort of Kishwaukee College and local school districts working together to promote a program of key hands-on career and technical education programs. Their aviation class offers both classroom and simulator instruction in an effort to prepare students for the FAA Private Pilot written exam. Instruction consists of aerodynamics, FAA regulations, primary navigation, GPS navigation, the use of flight computers, weather, radio navigation, flight instrumentation, performance and limitations and the air traffic control environment.

STEM Scholars learn the physics of flight at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
(STEM Scholars learn the physics of flight at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport)

STEM Scholars follow flight paths on tablets
(STEM Scholars follow flight paths on tablets)

Bruce Griffith of KEC and Rep. Hultgren address students
(Bruce Griffith of KEC and Rep. Hultgren address students)

STEM Scholars is a youth leadership program Rep. Hultgren launched last year to encourage highly-motivated and energetic high school students to become ambassadors in their communities for the possibilities provided by science, technology, engineering and math. (#STEMScholars)

This school year, Rep. Hultgren and the STEM Scholars have worked alongside food flavoring professionals measuring chocolate syrup to see how it mixed and tasted differently with different types of milk, seen first-hand the partnership a local business has with NASA’s Space Launch System which could carry our astronauts to Mars, observed the ways in which companies like Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and Microsoft are collaborating together with dozens of universities in a regional hub in downtown Chicago and talked to STEM professionals about their careers at a local science museum.