Participants from a past aerospace summer camp are shown in front of an MTSU airplane at the Flight Operations Center at Murfreesboro Airport. Photo submitted
Young people are fascinated by virtually anything airplanes.
So one of the takeaways from the recent MTSU and Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol educational partnership signing is the summer camp opportunities for CAP cadets and other middle and high school students.
During a summer of camps across campus from athletics to math- and science-related to even a first-time MT Sampler Camp, MTSU’s Department of Aerospace will be offering introductory and advanced summer camps.
The MTSU Introduction to Aviation Summer Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13, at both the Jean A. Jack Flight Education Center at Murfreesboro Airport and campus facilities in the Business and Aerospace Building.
The Professional Pilot Advanced Camp is a three-day flight-oriented aviation camp held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 18, at the flight education center.
For more details, including costs, visit http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/
The camps are overseen by professor Wendy Beckman, who also serves as the MTSU aerospace liaison with The Academies of Nashville aviation program at McGavock High School. Other faculty, flight operations center personnel, staff and students assist in various capacities to make the camps run smoothly.
Civil Air Patrol cadets range from ages 12 to 19.
“MTSU’s leadership in aerospace education and its state-of-the-art training facilities will help us to develop unique and compelling opportunities for our cadets,” Tennessee Wing commander Col. Bill Lane said. “This partnership has great potential for both of our organizations.”
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee agreed.
“We hope this partnership will allow high school students across Tennessee to learn more about the tremendous resources and superb faculty in our world-class aerospace department,” McPhee said. “And we hope many of these students will pursue their interests on our campus.”
A glance at other summer camps:
• MT Sampler Day Camp, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9-14, starting daily on the fourth floor of the James E. Walker Library. It is for students who have completed fifth through eighth grade, and will enable campers to sample college life and programs and assist them with college major exploration. The camp is funded by the University College Public Service Grant. For more information, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/sampler/, or call Nancy Stubblefield at 615-494-7710 or professor Judith Iriarte-Gross at 615-904-8253;
• The second Architecture, Construction and Engineering Camp — July 13-18, on the MTSU campus. Workshops will be in concrete, construction, interior design and engineering. No cost (food, housing, field trips and MTSU T-shirt are included). Application includes one-page essay. For more information, contact Jack Tipton, ACE Mentor Program, 3104 Brookview Forest Place, Nashville, Tennessee, 37211, or call or 615-752-7351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org;
• MTSU Campus Recreation Center Summer Camps — Eight weeks of Sports Camp June 2 through Aug. 1; and July 7-11 Adventure Camp for ages 14-17. For fees and more information, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/camprec/camps.php#camps.
Randy Weiler is a writer and media liaison for the MTSU Office of News and Media Relations.