Oxbridge Academy Implements Enhanced Aviation STEM
Curriculum to Its Signature Program
West Palm Beach, FL – Oxbridge Academy is one of a select group of high schools in the nation approved to implement the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations (AOPA) high school aviation science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year. This new accreditation expands Oxbridge’s existing aviation curriculum with an emphasis on the STEM component, which will apply math and physics concepts to aviation technology. Oxbridge is one of only two schools in the state that offers students the opportunity to explore the aviation and aeronautics industries through elective courses, extra-curricular clubs, and a full-motion Redbird MCX Flight Simulator.
AOPA’s aviation STEM curriculum is the first-of-its-kind and offers students comprehensive, four-year aviation study options aligned with rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide. The program aims to provide students with the skills they need to learn about aviation-related career and educational opportunities.
AOPA is developing these courses as part of three career and technical education (CTE) pathways: pilot, unmanned aircraft systems (drones), and aerospace engineering.
According to a 2017 Boeing study, there’s a growing demand for aviation industry jobs, and it’s not slowing down: 637,000 commercial aircraft pilots, 648,000 technicians, and 839,000 cabin crew members are needed globally within the next 20 years.
“At Oxbridge, we provide unique educational opportunities for our students,” said Oxbridge Academy Head of School Ralph Maurer, Ph.D. “This type of experiential course offering with an emphasis on STEM is just what our students need to prepare them for success in life. It is an enhancement to our existing aviation curriculum where students have the opportunity to learn on an actual flight simulator and to learn to fly drones and learn about this new technology.”
“With an unprecedented demand for careers in aviation, we are thrilled that so many high schools are utilizing our STEM curriculum to inspire students and give them the skills to pursue future careers in aerospace,” said AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker. “Planting the seeds for the future workforce of our industry is part of AOPA’s mission to keep aviation vibrant.”
Prior to implementation in select schools, AOPA tested the ninth-grade curriculum in nearly 30 schools with more than 700 students. The courses are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and includes all the resources teachers will need. Lesson plans, presentations, assessments, and other learning opportunities will be taught as rigorous, engaging, and fun student activities.
Before implementing the curriculum, teachers are required to participate in a three-day professional development workshop at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, MD to gain a deeper understanding of the materials, learn about available resources, and network with other aviation educators.
For more information about Oxbridge’s Aviation program, visit: https://www.oapb.org/academics/signature-programs
About Oxbridge Academy
Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory high school, serving grades 9-12. Founded in 2011 by William I. Koch, founder and CEO of Oxbow Carbon LLC, Oxbridge’s mission is to provide a challenging, dynamic education where students learn important life skills, whether it is in the classroom, laboratory, art studio or athletic field that they can apply to build a strong foundation for a successful future. The 56-acre campus features state-of-the-art classrooms and academic and athletic amenities equipped with advanced technologies. Oxbridge Academy is located at 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. For more information, visit www.oapb.org or call 561-972-9600.
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association. With representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.