National Flight Academy marks 10,000th student posted in News, NFA in the Press on August 17, 2017 in News, NFA in the Press on 8/17/2017

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — The National Flight Academy on NAS Pensacola marked a milestone Wednesday. More than 10,000 students have now gone through the aviation-themed science camp

During the six-day, five-night camp, 7th through 12th graders get hands-on experience with science, engineering, math, and technology – the “STEM” skills that are in demand in the job market.

The students are called “experimental pilots.” They even get nicknames known as call signs and the chance to fly in simulators. There is a host of high-tech simulated shipboard activities and the chance to learn leadership and communication skills.
The instructors are called “Chiefs.”

Chief Reggie Watkins said, “We let them know that even though you may feel like you’re not using these math skills outside of school, you really are. And we use the Navy and the story of being on an aircraft carrier as a way to get that across.”

On Wednesday, a group of guests celebrated the academy’s success. More than 10,000 students have gone through the program since 2012, coming from 50 states and seven different countries.

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