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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 9:45am

This summer’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) annual Summer Academic Camp explored “The Science of Flight.”

One of the more exciting additions to this year’s program was the acquisition of two brand new flight simulators.


The EduStation Pilot Pro Systems utilize flight simulation software developed by the aircraft manufacturing giant, Lockheed Martin. Users of these systems can get up to 75% efficiency in pilot training without stepping foot inside an aircraft. These two flight simulators gave students the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they learned about flight in the classroom and apply it by becoming the pilot of their own realistic digital aircraft and fly around the world. Even President Tim Hall took a turn using the flight simulation software.


Approximately 50 students from area school districts participated in the program and attended summer enrichment courses in biology, Earth science, physics, engineering/technology, science research, English and mathematics. Eleventh and twelfth grade students were able to take a college-level nutrition course taught by associate professor of the School of Health and Natural Sciences Dr. Embola.


Students also were able to participate in educational trips this summer including: team-bonding/building at Club Getaway, Indoor Skydiving at iFly Westchester, Boston Museum of Science and college tours at both Providence College and Brown University in Rhode Island.