Studer Foundation Provides 21st Century Learning Experience to Pensacola Area Students

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Studer Foundation Provides 21st Century Learning Experience to Pensacola Area Students

Pensacola, Fla. July 23, 2019 – Fifty middle school students in Escambia County, Fla., will get the experience of a lifetime this summer at the National Flight Academy — an aviation-based educational program designed to be fully and intensively immersive.

Local entrepreneurs Quint and Rishy Studer have donated the scholarships to students from Ransom, Warrington and Workman middle schools in Escambia County, amounting to $50K.

The Studer Foundation has been a sponsor of the National Flight Academy since 2016. Their contributions have amounted to over $275K.

The National Flight Academy’s adventure begins on a landlocked, virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION (CVT-11). Students live aboard for six days in a high-tech virtual world surrounded with realistic sights, sounds and smells of an aircraft carrier. Students learn skills that are important in today’s world, including critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and effective communication.

“We are so grateful to have the educational resource of the National Flight Academy in Escambia County,” says Rishy Studer. “We are pleased we can offer this great educational experience to deserving local students. To combine a great resource with motivated youth is a win-win partnership.”

This summer the National Flight Academy rolled out a new Virtual Reality Module with a focus on Technical and Flight Operations. Through virtual reality headsets and paddles, students will be able to teleport through a virtual hangar, evaluate aircraft and prepare aircraft for the flight deck.

 “That National Flight Academy relies on the generosity of partners like the Studer Foundation,” said Gen. Duane Thiessen. “Partnerships like this allows the NFA to continue to expose youth to these mechanical and engineer orientated career paths available in the aerospace industry.”

About the National Flight Academy

The National Flight Academy, located in Pensacola, Fla., aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. We welcome support from individuals, corporations and foundations for general operation funds. For more information about the National Flight Academy, visit http://www.nationalflightacademy.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please contact Malerie Shelton, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, via email at mshelton@navalaviationmuseum.org for more information.

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