Chicago-Area 99s Help Girl Scouts Earn Airport Activity Badge
Girls from around Chicagoland expected to attend
The Chicago Area 99s, the local chapter of the International Organization of Women Pilots, is teaming up next week with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for an Aviation Day event on Saturday May 12, 2018. The event happens at Atlantic Aviation’s facility on the west side of the airport at 1011 S Wolf Rd in Wheeling, The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 1:30 p.m.
The 99’s / Girl Scout’s Aviation Day was created to stir the interest of young women in not only learning to fly and aviation in general, but also for the important topics that support the industry like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition to a morning full of interesting classes delivered by 99’s volunteers, girls will be able to preflight an actual aircraft with a pilot, as well as sit inside the cockpit and learn how the flight controls on an airplane operate and why they’re important. Another session will look at how pilots learn navigation skills to fly aircraft small and large in this new age of technology.
Girls will also learn about the four forces that allow an airplane to fly, as well as a talk about women pilots who have made a serious dent in history over the past 100 years. There will also be a number of professional pilots on hand to talk about how they got started in aviation and will be prepared for any and all career questions.
The event costs $12 for scouts and includes the aviation activity patch, while the cost for adults is $8. All registrations include a light snack. There is a 100 scout maximum set for this event, so interested scouts or their parents should register for the event as soon as possible at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana – http://gcnwiprograms.org/