Hosting a model aviation event can be a fantastic way for AMA members to connect with your local community and share the fun of the hobby with newcomers. This month, we’d like to highlight an upcoming AMA-sanctioned event that also aims to showcase the educational value of model aviation in regards to science, technology, engineering, art and math (STE(A)M).
Taking Flight is an event created and organized by Paul Kaup of STEM+C, an authorized AMA STE(A)M program partner. It is a day-long immersive experience in Gilbert, AZ featuring aviation, aeronautics, aerospace and robotics. It is designed to engage attendees in RC fixed-wing and mult-rotor flying, rocketry, RC cars and trucks while providing information about local STEM educational programs and career opportunities. Taking Flight is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at Gilbert Park in Gilbert, AZ under AMA sanction #12678.
Some planned activities include open flying, buddy-boxing, flight simulators, build-and-fly rockets, build-fly-repair foam RC aircraft, foam RC combat, helicopter demos, FPV (first-person view flying), and robotics demos. You can find full details about STEM+C and the Taking Flight event here, including how to participate as a pilot or support the event as a sponsor.
Organizing an event of this scale takes a great deal of commitment, planning, fundraising and volunteer time. If a smaller event is more your speed, an open house or family day at your flying site can still make an impact on your local community. If hosting an event is not feasible but you still want to spread awareness of the hobby, consider looking for opportunities to have a booth space or provide a flight demonstration (in accordance with the AMA safety code and all applicable regulations, of course) at a community festival, market or educational event.
If you plan to participate in a community event to promote model aviation, AMA’s education department has resources and information that can help you find success! We would love to hear from you and provide assistance. To discuss your event and options for educational support materials, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.