STEM stands for science, technology. Engineering and mathematics. Unlike traditional education which focuses on ares of education separately, STEM removes these traditional barriers by integrating interdisciplinary subjects in ways that connect fields of study together, and provide a unique opportunity for students to experience real world opportunities beyond the static and abstract environment of the classroom.

There has never been a time when the future was so clearly visible. A recent study by The Boeing Company estimates the world’s airlines will need more than 650,000 new pilots entering the industry over the next 20 years, or 87 men and women added to the commercial ranks every day for the next two decades and beyond. This does not include the increasing demand for thousands of corporate crews and support personnel. Additionally, more than 600,000 engineers and technicians will be required to fill the global demand. The FAA estimates, also, that the fleet of unmanned aircrafts will grow to more than 450,000 requiring an additional 250,000 remote pilots.

National Science Foundation studies show that activities using real live science and math with modern technology applications help students function and thrive in a highly technological world and remain competitive in expanding global markets. The STEM model has become a vital element of the education system, and an integral component in the preparation of the next generation of innovative leaders.

Aviation training is the perfect fit for the principles of STEM education. The endless opportunities found in the aviation and aerospace industry will allow students to apply the principles of science, technology and the dynamics of flight in a realistic environment. Aviation STEM students will identify new insights into physics, weather and engineering concepts that cannot be achieved in a traditional classroom setting as they establish a course across an extraordinary network of career pathways from research and development to sales, transportation and marketing.

The PreFlight Aviation Academy & Flight Simulation Studio proposes a curriculum that will engage students in a comprehensive learning experience from the physics of flight to aircraft mechanical systems, meteorology, aerodynamics and the mathematics of navigation. Including:

  • Powered Flight

  • Modern Desktop Simulation

  • Gliding

  • Drones (UAV)

  • Sport Kites

  • Aerospace Science and Engineering

  • Aviation History

The students will then bring these new insights into the Flight Simulation Studio during a collective academic and vocational challenge never possible before now as they immediately apply their classroom experience in a dynamic, safe and realistic virtual aviation environment.

Why Lincoln?

**Lincoln has the only public airport in the Western Placer region suitable for an aviation hub. Served by Interstate 80, the Hwy 65 bypass and an abundance of available land, it is the City's most important development asset, and potentially at the center of the city's economic growth and demographic diversity. Anchored by a modern aviation education and training center, and with an enlightened resident population in a region with a rich high tech presence, Lincoln would be poised to become an aerospace mecca.