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Posted by Toni Wise on Friday, 06 January 2017 in Aviation Education Programs

Fort Vancouver National Trust receives grant for Pearson Field Education Center from Vancouver Energy Community Fund

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has been awarded a grant from the Vancouver Energy Community Fund, a charitable fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, in the amount of $5,019.

The funds will be dedicated to the Pearson Field Education Center’s STEM-based aviation education programs, which introduce students and the public to potential careers in aviation through a curriculum steeped in the rich history of Pearson Field. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase model airplane and toolbox kits for teaching students metalwork and riveting skills needed to build a full-sized kit airplane.

In March, 2016, the Pearson Field Education Center received a generous donation of a partially assembled Zenith 701CH kit airplane. Youth aged 12-20 years old who are interested in acquiring the skills to assemble an airplane will be invited to participate in completing the project.

“This program is intended to give youth hands-on STEM education and career experience leading into the aviation industry. We are going to take a walk-before-you-run approach to building this airplane by first introducing the students to a simple sheet metal and riveting project by having them each construct an RV-12 model kit plane and toolbox,” said Pearson Field Education Center Director, Garrett Schmidt. “This project will teach important safety skills and introduce students to the proper use of flush cutters, metal files, vices, needle-nosed pliers, and rivet guns.”

Pearson Field Education Center is seeking youth participants who are interested in assembling the airplane and adult mentors to oversee the project.

The Center is located at the bottom of East Reserve Street, at 201A East Reserve Street, Vancouver WA 98661. For more information, please visit or call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities, such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun.

The Vancouver Energy Community Fund focuses primarily on supporting programs and projects related to Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Early Childhood Development and Literacy); Public Safety; and Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Grants from the fund are reviewed and determined by the Community Advisory Board, which includes leaders in the community with experience and passion for the focus areas of the fund. The fund was launched in 2015 by Tesoro Savage Petroleum Terminal LLC dba Vancouver Energy, with initial funding from company partners, Tesoro and Savage, along with BNSF.

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