Sooner Flight Academy Launching Virtual Summer Camps

Mike Seals - May 13, 2020 12:59 pm

NORMAN – Sooner Flight Academy at the University of Oklahoma will host its first-ever Virtual Summer Camps this summer in an innovative response to the cancellation of its annual in-person camps due to the COVID-19 virus.

Each five-day virtual camp will give children ages 6-18 the chance to explore the exciting world of aviation from the safety of their homes. The camps will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday starting June 1, with camps running throughout June and July.

“Each day, there will be two sessions of group interaction on Zoom meetings with time in between for self-directed activities with toys, kits and supplies included for our virtual campers,” said SFA Program Director Dawn Machalinski. “Instruction, videos and content will be provided on the OU Canvas platform.”

Each camp will feature content specifically designed to engage campers at their learning level as they explore the science of flight through the use of fun physics exercises, as well as unique, hands-on STEM activities, self-directed projects and live demonstrations from science experts from around the world.

Registration opened on May 6 on the Sooner Flight Academy website. Partial scholarships are available for up to 250 eligible campers, thanks to a $46,000 grant from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The cost to attend a virtual camp ranges from $250 to $325, based on the age of the camper.

Parents and campers interested in learning more about how the virtual camps will work are invited to attend a free, two-hour virtual field trip on May 15 that will provide a glimpse of what camps will be like. Families will be able to watch the free virtual field trip on the SFA website.

“The virtual field trip will lead children on a pre-flight check of one of OU’s own Piper Warrior III airplanes,” Machalinski said. “We will explore the science of the Four Forces of Flight, Bernoulli’s Principle and learn about all the parts of a plane using toys and fun physics! You’ll also get to meet some of SFA’s Navigators, who will lead the children into the fun world of aviation science throughout the virtual summer camps.”

Registration for all virtual summer camps will remain open until camps are full, but the deadline to apply for a partial scholarship is May 25. You must apply for a scholarship at the time of registration. Please visit SFA’s scholarship page prior to registration for instructions on how to apply.

For more information about the virtual field trip or to register for a virtual summer camp session, visit



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