Jim Carney

GREEN: Middle-school students who want to learn about aviation can attend a new 10-week class designed for them starting in September.


The MAPS Air Museum will begin the Saturday School Air Academy on Sept. 15 at the museum, 2260 International Parkway.


The class — from 9 a.m. to noon through Nov. 17 at a cost of $20 per session — is created for young people who are fascinated with flight and aviation and who might be thinking about a career in the field, said John W. Sheridan, MAPS Air Museum educational specialist. He will be the lead instructor.


“Aviation has been and continues to be an inspiration, as well as a fascination, for the American spirit,” Sheridan said. “It traverses age, race and socioeconomic status. If we can use that motivation to improve general classroom performance by students and teachers, as well as begin preparing the next generation of aviation employees, inventors and entrepreneurs, then we must try to do so.”


In addition to a class for up to 50 children, there will be a professional development day on aviation from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 for K-12 educators. Cost of that workshop is $50.


Sheridan said the student classes will focus on history, STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.


The nonprofit museum, founded in 1990, is dedicated to educating people about the history of aviation and its affect on society, said Sheridan, a social studies, history and economics teacher at Columbia High School in Lorain County.


The museum does that by restoring, preserving, studying and exhibiting planes and aviation memorabilia, he said.


“Our public schools don’t tie that career field [aviation] to anything they are doing,” he said.


Students who enroll in the entire 10-week program will get a $20 discount, Sheridan said.


For more information, email sheridan.john@mapsairmuseum.org, go to www.mapsairmuseum.org and click “Education” or call 330-896-6332.


Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or at jcarney@thebeaconjournal.com.