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Illinois STEM Educators Experience F-4 Cockpit at Aviation Day Meeting

Illinois educators attended Aviation Day Thursday at the Parks College Center for Aviation Science, St. Louis Downtown Airport. The event was coordinated by Dr. Kelly Remijan, Professional Development and Curriculum Specialist with the Belleville Office of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), to acquaint local educators with aviation education resources. Outside of the hangar was the fully restored F-4 Phantom jet cockpit mobile exhibit provided by the Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation based at Creve Coeur Airport. The Foundation seeks to inspire youth interest in aviation through the fighter cockpit experience, virtual reality flight simulation lab and participation in STEM programs. The Foundation also works with local EAA Chapters to facilitate Young Eagle Flights. Following the presentation, the educators visited the displays in and around the Parks College hangar and took local flights courtesy of Ideal Aviation.

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