Title

Stem Education: Supporting The Next Generation of Aviation Professionals

Presenter Email

konaduas@my.erau.edu

Location

Mori Hosseini Student Union Events Center (Bldg #610) – Rooms 165 E/F

Start Date

3-4-2020 10:45 AM

End Date

3-4-2020 12:15 PM

Submission Type

Presentation

Topic Area

STEM Education; Supporting the next generation of aviation professionals

Keywords

Aeronautical, Aerospace, Egineering, Science, Robotics, Generation

Abstract

The role of Stem Education i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics in raising the next Generation of Aviation Professionals in very crucial in the 21st century of globalized world. Everyone regardless of the future choice of profession, needs proficiency in stem. In developing countries like Ghana, the role of the educational curriculum is very key when it comes to promoting stem education with a spill-over effect of supporting the drive in raising the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals. That is the enormous benefits of Stem Education in raising the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals cannot be overlooked.

From basic educational level e.g. Kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high school to Tertiary Educational level (polytechnics and universities), what measures must be put in place to drive students interest in pursuing stem education such as piloting, aeronautical or aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and air traffic control. From making of compulsory study of math and science subjects at both basic and secondary levels of education to making emphasis on the need to pass these subjects before moving on the educational ladder. Background knowledge of the teacher or instructors of these subjects at the basic level is very crucial in the formulation of any strategy to raise the level of student’s interest in stem courses such that enough stem graduates can be churned out to take up stem jobs in aviation. Foundation Bridge Programs in Stem Subjects is another pathway of driving student’s interest in Stem Courses since most students don’t meet the criteria for admission because is very rigorous and of high standards hence deters most high school graduates to pursue Stem Education. Formation of Science and Mathematics Clubs, Coding Camps, Robotics boot camps, Airport tours and intro flights are great support channels for raising the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals. This can be achieved through science and math quiz competitions among high schools, Career Day at Schools, Paragliding and Flight simulations in schools.

National platforms bringing various stakeholders and the youth such as Young Aviators Forum organised by Young Aviators Ghana in Partnership with Ministry of Aviation Ghana which took place in Ghana on the theme; Harnessing Ghanaian Youth in Aviation Development is a great source of mentorship and transfer of experiential knowledge and skills from the Older Generation to the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals. On this platform matters in relation to financial options for training, youth employment in the Aviation sector and its potential, The Next Generation and the future of work can be addressed. High School Outreach is another means of engaging students on the opportunities to choose careers in aviation and providing career Guidance and Counselling.

Presenter Biography

Mr. Seth Konadu Awuah is the Chief Executive Officer of Young Aviators Group, Founder and Executive Director of Young Aviators Ghana, a nonprofit subsidiary of Young Aviators Group. He is also the Country Coordinator for the Real World Design Challenge Competition for Ghana, the world’s largest Aerospace Education Program. He has 8years of working experience in Ghana’s Public Service and currently works with the Finance and Administration Directorate of the Ministry of Aviation Ghana since 2017. He is the convener of maiden Young Aviators Forum in Ghana that brought various stakeholders in Ghana’s Aviation Industry including Government, Airlines, Air Travel Operators, Aviation Training Organizations on the theme HARNESSING GHANAIAN YOUTH IN AVIATION DEVELOPMENT through dialogue on matters of Youth Employment in the Aviation sector-the potential, The Challenges and Opportunities of Raising the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals, Financing Options for Next Generation Aviation Professionals and Unleashing Aviation Potentials. He has a strong passion for youth development such that his activism, advocacy, international relations and diplomacy works transcends beyond borders of Ghana to the Pan African Youth Union, African Youth Envoy and the Commonwealth Youth Council. He has deep passion for Aviation Education and Training of Young People through High School Outreach, Airport Tours and Career days in Schools. He is an aspiring Pilot and a Prolific Youth Leader and hopes to become a Professor in Aviation Education, Business and Management.

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Mar 4th, 10:45 AM Mar 4th, 12:15 PM

Stem Education: Supporting The Next Generation of Aviation Professionals

Mori Hosseini Student Union Events Center (Bldg #610) – Rooms 165 E/F

The role of Stem Education i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics in raising the next Generation of Aviation Professionals in very crucial in the 21st century of globalized world. Everyone regardless of the future choice of profession, needs proficiency in stem. In developing countries like Ghana, the role of the educational curriculum is very key when it comes to promoting stem education with a spill-over effect of supporting the drive in raising the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals. That is the enormous benefits of Stem Education in raising the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals cannot be overlooked.

From basic educational level e.g. Kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high school to Tertiary Educational level (polytechnics and universities), what measures must be put in place to drive students interest in pursuing stem education such as piloting, aeronautical or aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and air traffic control. From making of compulsory study of math and science subjects at both basic and secondary levels of education to making emphasis on the need to pass these subjects before moving on the educational ladder. Background knowledge of the teacher or instructors of these subjects at the basic level is very crucial in the formulation of any strategy to raise the level of student’s interest in stem courses such that enough stem graduates can be churned out to take up stem jobs in aviation. Foundation Bridge Programs in Stem Subjects is another pathway of driving student’s interest in Stem Courses since most students don’t meet the criteria for admission because is very rigorous and of high standards hence deters most high school graduates to pursue Stem Education. Formation of Science and Mathematics Clubs, Coding Camps, Robotics boot camps, Airport tours and intro flights are great support channels for raising the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals. This can be achieved through science and math quiz competitions among high schools, Career Day at Schools, Paragliding and Flight simulations in schools.

National platforms bringing various stakeholders and the youth such as Young Aviators Forum organised by Young Aviators Ghana in Partnership with Ministry of Aviation Ghana which took place in Ghana on the theme; Harnessing Ghanaian Youth in Aviation Development is a great source of mentorship and transfer of experiential knowledge and skills from the Older Generation to the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals. On this platform matters in relation to financial options for training, youth employment in the Aviation sector and its potential, The Next Generation and the future of work can be addressed. High School Outreach is another means of engaging students on the opportunities to choose careers in aviation and providing career Guidance and Counselling.