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Flight Simulation - Air Force Academy

The Driskill Foundation supports an innovative project to bring state-of-the-art flight simulation technology to Air Force Academy High School (AFAHS) of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in partnership with STEMulation Learning Systems, CPS, and AeroStars. The Flight Simulation Laboratory further elevates and demonstrates the novel Aerospace-based learning mission of AFAHS administration, staff, and students. The technology aids classroom instruction through a combination of highly engaging, hands-on flight simulation technology and exercises, supports cross-subject curriculum and empowers students to receive a private pilot license if wanted. As it has been implemented in other aviation-oriented schools, the program led to a deeper understanding of mathematics, physics, geography, and communication through their experiences in the Flight Simulation Lab. This learning approach has already been proven to work: test schools scores nearly doubled at an Aerospace-based high school based in Minnesota. The Flight Simulation Lab used at AFAHS is identical to that in Minnesota. As AFAHS is already a high performing school, the program will continue to support those students in their academic journey and lead to even greater success.