In April and May five members of the Robson Ranch RC Club spent their Friday mornings at Eloy Junior High School. Their time was spent introducing interested students to the world of RC Flying. Students were given flight instruction using simulators and were then able to transition, with instructor guidance, to the actual Radio Controlled Airplanes. Club members donated their time and equipment for use in the program. Two complete RC Airplane kits were also donated to the school, and two more are slated for donation in August.
This activity is part of the school’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. This grant enables the school to provide ongoing enrichment and intervention support to their students; support they wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive.
Robson Ranch Radio Control Club members Paul Downey, Eddie Peril, Butch Spiller, Dave Hudson and Kevin Rattey plan to continue this RC Flying program throughout the upcoming school year. The ultimate goal of the program is to establish an RC Flight Club at the school run by the students and teachers. Robson Ranch RC members would then assume a mentorship role.
Participating in extracurricular activities allows students to explore interests outside the regular classroom. The addition of the RC Flying program is meant to peak students’ interest in the aviation field and the many career paths within. The next session begins in August.