The school day will proceed like any other field trip. Students will assemble at school prior to boarding the bus, which will take them to and from the Reno-Stead Airport.
Upon arrival to the airport, they will be greeted by Pathways to Aviation staff and board members, who will welcome them and ensure proper admissions onto the Air Race campus. The class will proceed to the Pathways to Aviation tent, where they will meet leaders of various local aviation-related organizations. The students will then participate in a series of workshops and visits.
Though the final agenda may look different based on timing and subject matter, the students will:
- Participate in two 15-minute classes facilitated by their instructors and aviation experts. Brief breaks will occur when Air Races take place.
- Tour the Air Race campus, featuring a visit with race crews in the air racing pits. This will give students an opportunity to meet pilots and get close-up views of the planes and learn directly from racing experts.
- After a visit to various booths, students will re-assemble in the Pathways tent to enjoy lunch. During lunch, they will participate in activities aimed at inspiring their interests in aviation.
- Upon completion of a third class, the students will tour the Heritage section and hear from experts from the National Aviation Heritage Invitational. They’ll even have a chance to participate in a contest, where they can vote for their favorite vintage airplane.
- One more class and race later, they will walk to the school bus, then depart back to school.
- A fresh, exciting impression of the National Championship Air Races;
- A desire to return during race week and allow their families and friends a similar experience;
- Deeper insight into STEM and aviation-related subject matter; and,
- Personal experiences with air racing leaders, aviation experts, and fellow classmates.
The field trip to the Reno-Stead Airport is designed to be far greater than simply visiting the National Championship Air Races. Many students learn best through experiential learning. Whether they’re anticipating careers in medicine, law, business, technician repair, computers, science, etc., each student will be able to find a connection to the subject matter, airplanes, and people at the air races.