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TOPIC: Reaching out to students, forming student chapters

Reaching out to students, forming student chapters 2 months 1 week ago #940

  • hunterbloch
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I think we need to aim young if we want to truly inspire people to be great Flight Test Engineers. I think one of our best advertisement venues out there today is the Kerbal space Program video game. Those young individuals that are enthralled with this video game are the ones that we need to be connecting with and bringing into the fold. If we can work out a form of advertisement within the game or an ethical method of pinpointing users then we can target our information to people we know are interested in designing, testing and building aircraft and space systems.

On top of that I had a dream recently of a NTPS/FTE youth summer camp that could be offered during the summer. In my mind it was a 3ish week long course that taught concepts of flight test engineer to high school students. My dream had it broken into 2 or possibly 3 sections (test operations, analysis, flight test mechanics) and you could attend the camp multiple times if you wished to try all 3. The design would be simple in nature, maybe validating something out of a POH that would be small and attainable in 3 weeks (as well as safe for testing under adult guidance/pilotage), but the goal would be to have these students work with a true airplane (Cessna, cub, warrior, etc.) and get the joy and excitement I get every time I'm working with a test article. I think that this camp would have to be a true camp though, with a 24/7 student/faculty commitment for the 3 weeks. There are to many distractions for people now days (myself especially) that take away from the learning and camaraderie. An all inclusive 3 week camp would be just the ticket to inspire I think.

reading back over that last part I see a lot of holes and undefined logistical nightmares, but the idea is exciting! I know I loved my 5 summers of Boy Scout camp because of the skills I learned, but also because of the shared community and experiences. I think something of that nature is obtainable for us, but it won't be developed over night, or without a lot of help from members and outside organizations.

If an independent SFTE camp is not a realistic short term goal, maybe we could look at joining one of the other Sumer camps in existence and having a small part in that organization to get young adventurers on the path to flight test.

Its fun to dream about!
- Hunter Bloch
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