In celebration of Women in Aviation International’s expanding Girls in Aviation Day, WAI and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have launched a new, self-paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) tailored to learners ages 8-17. The free course leverages Embry-Riddle expertise and instructional design to inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. 

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Students explore aviation terminology, identify the major parts of an airplane, describe the flight characteristics of a helicopter, and discuss the goals of space exploration. There are also engaging activities that take these topics to the next level. Learn how to make a paper helicopter, test your knowledge in the module quizzes, and discover what kind of scientist you could be. Youth who complete the course can earn digital badges and a personalized electronic certificate. The course is offered several times throughout the year, enabling young learners around the globe the opportunity to learn about aviation.

“Partnering with Embry-Riddle, a longtime WAI supporter, on this free online course for youth interested in aviation is another tool to expand our reach of our annual international Girls in Aviation Day all year round,” said Allison McKay, WAI CEO. “Future aviation professionals will be inspired, and we are thrilled to use technology to reach girls in every part of the world and encourage their dreams of pursuing aviation careers.”

“Embry-Riddle supports WAI and strives to inspire the next generation of women in our dynamic industry,” said Dr. Bettina Mrusek, Assistant Professor with the College of Aeronautics. “We believe in the mission of WAI and look forward to a partnership that helps young ladies go further - faster. Aerospace career paths often start with a spark from an air show, a rocket launch, or a role model. We hope this course can be an element that inspires young ladies to join us on an exciting trajectory towards awesome.”