TEXARKANA, Texas – High school students in Texarkana, Texas will soon be working hard on a project that involves math, physics, and engineering.
Students will build a full-size, fully operational aircraft from scratch.
Starting this fall semester, Texarkana ISD is partnering with a non-profit educational company called Tango Flight.
The program’s mission is to inspire the next generation of engineers, pilots, mechanics and aviation technicians, through a specially developed program.
“There are students who have been involved in this program in other places who have gone to intern at NASA, or got jobs as aeronautical engineers. It just gives the kids a solid foundation to do it. a lot of things, “said Doug Brubaker, TISD General Supervisor.
Brubaker says the students will build a two-seater light sports aircraft at the school.
He says they’re excited to be able to present another STEM opportunity, promote career exploration, and give students a head start on their future.
“It’s a fast growing field. There are a lot of good paying jobs. It’s a great career field,” said Brubaker.
The Texas Pioneer Foundation gave the district a grant of more than $ 49,000 to pay for half of the aircraft kit and the first year’s annual fee for the program.
“There are other federal and state funds available for vocational and technical training programs and only general funds that invest in this innovative opportunity,” Brubaker said.
Administrators say the Tango Flight program will go beyond anything their students have experienced before.
Brubaker says he’s thrilled not only to see the plane completed, but to see TISD students one day land jobs in the aviation industry.
Texarkana ISD is one of 20 districts nationwide to have a Tango Flight program, and Texas High School will be one of five schools in the state of Texas to build a Tango Flight aircraft.