"Teach the Teacher" Workshop Is Bringing Aviation Into The Classroom

By KBJR News 1

October 20, 2011 Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 6:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's News Center) - An initiative to have the science of aviation taught in schools will be part of Duluth schools' curriculum again this year.

The program is a collaborative effort by the Duluth Aviation Institute and the Duluth School District to bring dynamic and creative science lessons to nearly 6-hundred sixth grade students, free of cost.

Today sixth grade teachers from the Duluth School District attended a "Teach the Teacher" aviation workshop at Sky Harbor at the end of Park Point.

The program's goal is to get students interested in aviation while enhancing their science and reading skills.

Education Director for the Duluth Aviation Institute, Paul Diedrich, says this program is imperative because of the increasing number of retiring pilots.

"There's a big gap between the retirees to new pilots coming up, so there's a gap of experienced pilots. So there's a need for general pilots to go back into an educational setting within school districts to get the young people interested in aviation," Diedrich says.

Next week the teachers will take what they learned through their Path to Aviation lessons to their classrooms.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.