New Content Now Available for K–12 Teachers & Other Aviation Educators
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently expanded its online Resource Center. In addition to content tailored to flight, ground, avionics, and maintenance technology instructors, new material has been added specifically for K–12 teachers and educators involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. Although most of the content in the Resource Center is exclusively for SAFE members, the organization also maintains a Public Resource Center replete with training aids, free syllabi, and other useful material.
In response to a survey of teachers conducted by SAFE’s K–12 Resources Group during AirVenture 2012, an annotated list of online resources was recently added to the Public section. The six-page list was vetted by SAFE and is designed to save time for K–12 teachers looking to introduce aviation and aerospace themes into their classrooms. For example, the site www.FlyToLearn.com promotes “S.T.E.M. Education Through Aviation” for students of all ages and offers software for classroom use that allows students to design, build, and fly virtual airplanes for a few dollars per student per year.
According to SAFE Executive Director Doug Stewart, “Our goal is to continue to provide aviation educators—members and non-members alike—with useful and easy-to-access educational resources.” Stewart added, “And thanks to our working relationship with the FAA, members can now access the SAFE-created FAASTeam Flight Instructor Open Forums directly from our Resource Center.”
A 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, SAFE represents nearly 700 of the industry’s top aviation educators, including the majority of Master Instructors as well as numerous local, regional, and national General Aviation Awards winners.