As the third largest employer in the U.S. for the aerospace industry, Colorado is taking an exciting new step to help grow the next generation future engineers, astronauts, pilots, rocket scientists, mechanics and more. This fall, the Wings Aerospace Academy (WAA), a new aerospace-focused public charter school, will open in Denver, Colorado to grades sixth, seventh and eighth. It will add one new grade each year until the school us fully enrolled through 12th grade.
Veteran public educator Robert Stannard, Jr. will serve as Director of Education. He previously served as Superintendent of the Yuma One public school district on the northeastern Colorado Plains and has spent more than a decade working to improve public education for Colorado’s students.
The new WAA will offer students an opportunity to participate in aerospace-based STEM curricula that will include hands-on experience. In conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Academy, WAA will administer proven character and leadership programs and students will have opportunities to pursue dual track outcomes from university engineering degrees as well as aerospace technician careers.
“WAA is an exciting new approach to education. We believe flight is an incredible inspiration and motivator. The program is synergy of STEM, aerospace, and experiential activities in the backdrop of the museum. This is going to be one of the coolest schools around!” Rob Stannard said.
At Wings Aerospace Academy students will have the exciting opportunity to pilot a glider, fly a drone, operate a MARS ROVER mockup, build airplanes, and gain true pilot experience.