Homeschoolers Attend High-Flying Field Trip
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A high-flying physics lesson got some homeschoolers fired up about learning today.
The classroom was the inside of an airplane, and the day was exceptionally special for one teen.
The students learned the physics behind keeping that airplane up in the sky. One teen even enjoyed some times at the controls and experienced his first flight lesson.
"I've always liked planes just since I was a kid,” said Devin Barnhart, the student learning to fly. “I've been interested in them forever. Taking the controls for the first time, I think that's going to be pretty awesome."
Devin got into the cockpit and. once the plane was in the air, the controls were his. He said it was surreal flying hundreds of feet above the ground and having open sky around him.
For his flight instructor and the organizer for the field trip, sharing the world of planes is what it's all about.
"We see airplanes flying overhead and we look up and think ‘oh wow that's a neat airplane,’” said Jason Hawkins, who is a flight instructor and organized the event. “But we don’t know too much about it a lot of the time if we don't have someone to explain it to us. I teach them about different airplanes and teach them how airplanes fly."
Jason drew diagrams of airplanes and how they fly... And showed the children how different parts of the plane work.
While the rest of the group didn't get to fly the plane, they did get their chance to sit in the cockpit and check out the controls.
The homeschool community in the Treasure Valley takes many field trips throughout the year. One mother often takes her children on two or three a month.