CHICAGO, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Driskill Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting innovative learning opportunities for underserved Chicago youth, was proud to host inspirational NASA Space Shuttle astronaut Duane "Digger" Carey at a special event Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Prairie Productions in Chicago's west loop. The occasion marked the dedication of a new Flight Simulation Lab that Driskill is donating to Chicago's Air Force Academy High School (AFAHS).
The AFAHS drum and bugle corp, beaming color guards and a whole lot of school spirit welcomed the astronaut and a dizzying, state-of-the-art flight simulator installation. Imagine stepping into the cockpit of an actual fighter jet, then spinning 360 degrees over Monument Valley (or was it Sedona, Arizona?) "Blue Angels"-style. That's just a taste of what pilot wannabes experienced at the Driskill event.
The Driskill Foundation http://driskillfoundation.org is supporting an innovative project to bring a state-of-the-art Flight Simulation Lab to Air Force Academy High School (AFAHS). The Flight Simulation Lab allows AFAHS to elevate their Aerospace-based learning mission to entirely new levels. In the Lab, classroom instruction is combined with highly engaging, hands-on flight simulation learning experiences and exercises. Students develop a deeper understanding of math, physics, geography and communication through their experiences in the Flight Simulation Lab. This learning approach has already been proven to work: MMR scores nearly doubled at an Aerospace-based high school in Minnesota.
In the AFAHS lab, the sky's the limit for classroom creativity. Professional instruction is combined with highly engaging, hands-on, flight simulation learning experiences, providing a fresh and focused knowledge of aviation careers. Students also develop a deeper understanding of math, physics, geography and communications in the most exciting "classroom" they've witnessed.
The Driskill Foundation has a successful history of, "helping the world grow more WHYs," funding millions of dollars of medical research and scholarships. Now the Foundation is dedicated to innovative educational programming for underserved youth.
"Our mission is to ignite curiosity and create future innovators," says June Barnard, Driskill President and CEO. "We strive to help develop and support a system of educational and afterschool programs which encourages today's underserved youth to explore their curiosity, open new doors, and enter into exciting and uncharted waters."
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