Huntsville, AL - MATTHUS POWELL of FRANKFORT, KY recently attended AVIATION
CHALLENGE at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of SPACE CAMP and NASA's
official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center The
weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities
and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.
MATTHUS was part of the AVIATION CHALLENGE MACH II Program, a program specifically
designed for trainees who have an interest in military aviation and the
mechanics of flight. He spent the week training with a team that flew a
simulated F/A-18 fighter jet. The crew learned critical land and water
survival skills and mastered Top Gun flying maneuvers. MATTHUS and crew
returned to land in time to hear retired Space Shuttle astronaut
Col. Bob Springer speak at their graduation!
Aviation Challenge crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at
least a year of college, and 67% of the 2011 staff are college graduates.
Aviation Challenge operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses
fighter pilot training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications
of STEM subjects. Students sleep in barracks designed to resemble military bays.
More than 600,000 trainees have graduated from SPACE CAMP since its opening
in Huntsville in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.
Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 58 international
locations attend SPACE CAMP.
Interested in training like an astronaut? Visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-63 SPACE.
(The contact for this release is Sharla Horton, firstname.lastname@example.org 256.430.6728)