As part its international youth program encouraging Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, the Think Global Flight (TGF) LiveTV team is presenting a Jan. 27 broadcastshowing how aviation uses STEM in the real world. The broadcast is one of several LiveTV events leading up to Think Global Flights scheduled April circumnavigation of the world in a Cirrus SR22 while linked to classrooms around the planet. During the broadcast, students will have the opportunity to text questions to the TGF team, which includes pilot Judy Rice and members with extensive experience in aerospace science and technology.
The purpose of Think Global Flight is to promote the importance of STEM education in a world that is becoming increasingly technical and demonstrate the opportunities in aviation and aerospace. Student Command Centers, made up of educators and students, have been set up in numerous countries around the world and have been connecting with TGF to learn about and help solve the problems pilots deal with in flight, including planning, navigating and weather. During the circumnavigation, the SCCs will remain connected with the flight crew-pilot Judy Rice and navigator Fred Nauer. TGF founder Judy Rice is a commercial-rated pilot and flight instructor who was a teacher for 16 years and has an extensive background in youth education in aviation, including serving as Executive Director for Youth Education for the Experimental Aircraft Association, where she developed the wildly popular KidVenture section of AirVenture.