The Vertical Flight Society's regional and university chapters organize various recurring outreach programs locally to integrate vertical flight science and technology in STEM education. Here are some of the best practice "manuals" gleaned from our past and ongoing efforts.
- East New England Chapter teaching vertical flight science at KIPP Academies in Boston (coming soon)
- Arizona Chapter teaches middle school students at Title I school how to design, build, test, and fly drones as well as engineering practices, perseverence, team-building and professionalism (Download Progress Report PPT)
Community Outreach Programs
Rotor Day is an annual STEM education and outreach event held by the Pennyslvania State University chapter of the Vertical Flight Society to local K-12 students since 2013. About 200 students and their chaperones learn and experience aerospace engineering and aviation first-hand through hands-on activities such as the X-Plane flight simulation software, helicopter simulator, drone piloting, gyroscopic precession, a tour of the wind tunnel lab, and much more. Complimentary ice cream from the Penn State Creamery is served to attendees.
- Rotor Day 2019 Event Summary (PDF)
- Rotor Day 2018 Event Summary (PDF)
- Rotor Day 2017 Event Summary (PDF)
- East New England Chapter's First Annual Drone Race
STEM Roundtable Discussion with Industry, Government, and Community Stakeholders