Women Fly is an annual event hosted by The Museum of Flight for young women interested in aviation and aerospace careers. On March 24th and 25th, Dayton GEAR UP took 12 young women to Seattle, WA to participate in a series of inspirational and career-oriented workshops led by exceptional women working in aerospace related fields.
We started the trip off with a tour of Central Washington University. Before the walking tour, we met with Andrea who talked about academics, admissions, STEM related careers, graduate studies, summer courses and campus safety. The tour gave a unique insight into campus life from a student's perspective. We walked an hour in and out of class room buildings, resident dorms, library, book store and the student union center. It was impressive to all of us.
The theme for Women Fly 2016 was “Into the Future.” Special guest and speaker was Dr. Melania Guerra. Melania is a Costa Rican engineer, oceanographer and scientist, who’s passionate about exploration in extreme environments. She grew up being inspired by life forms that survive under conditions not compatible with supporting human life. The workshops gave the young women ideas of what kinds of careers they can obtain, and what to look for in a STEM program. Some of the workshops were: Accident Investigation & Safety Bingo; Flying Careers; Structures Past, Present, Future; Exploring Saturn with Cassini; Suited for Space; Sustainability-Flying the Weight, the Balance, the Food!; and The Wild Blue Yonder.
Besides attending a workshop of their choice, the girls were able to tour the museum. In the museum there are 27 different exhibits such as Air Force One, and World War I and II. Besides the exhibits, the Museum of Flight has many collections which they acquire and preserve a wide array of materials and artifacts relating to aviation and space history and provides a center for the scholarly research of these materials and artifacts. The Museum holds one of the largest and most comprehensive air and space collections in the United States, containing millions of rare photographs and negatives, a world-class library, tens of thousands of artifacts, and over 150 rare aircraft and space vehicles. Besides the workshops, Women Fly supported a Resource Fair which included Collegeology, Galvin and Rainer Flying Service, Washington Opportunity Scholarship, Women In Aviation, Alaska Airlines, University of Alabama and Idaho and other universities and community colleges.