“Patterns in the Sky” to be held in McCall January 23 & 30

Explore the Beauty of Mathematics through the Lens of Aviation

For planning purposes, please RSVP to
Rich Stowell at Rich@RichStowell.com or 805-218-0161.

McCall, ID – The Valley County 4-H UI Extension Program will host a two-night Family and Career STEM Awareness event at the Mountain Life Church in McCall on January 23rd and 30th. The event is free and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each night. Content is suitable for students ages 11 to 15. Parents and teachers are highly encouraged to attend as well.

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Titled PATTERNS IN THE SKY: An Exploration of Mathematics through the Lens of Aviation, the event will explore the beauty and everyday applicability of math using thought experiments and aviation-themed experiential activities as follows:

 

January 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Mountain Life Church

Part 1: A Beautiful Mind(set) will address fixed and growth mindsets, the story of the Wright Brothers, and more. Hands-on activities will include interacting with people from the local aviation community, and engaging in a simulated formation flying exercise en route to discovering some interesting patterns.

 

January 30, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Mountain Life Church

Part 2: Help a Pilot Glide to Safety will introduce teamwork and experimentation to find the glide ratio and glide angle of a simple balsa glider. Next, participants will help a pilot determine the glide performance of a real airplane.

 

According to event facilitator Rich Stowell, “Our goal is to motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. But it’s just as important to include parents and teachers in these types of programs as well.” Stowell added, “This will be the first of several aviation-themed outreach events scheduled in Valley County in 2018.”

Event partners include the Valley County 4-H UI Extension, Mountain Life Church, Idaho Aviation Association McCall Chapter, McCall Municipal Airport, and others.

For planning purposes, please RSVP to Rich Stowell at Rich@RichStowell.com or 805-218-0161.