Aviation in the Ville: Promoting Science and Civic Engagement through Aviation

Nithil Kumar Bollock, Stephen M. Belt


Aviation in the Ville is an ongoing collaborative series of activities designed to promote diversity in aviation by introducing aviation topics to the youth of an underrepresented neighborhood and proving discipline-specific service learning opportunities to aviation undergraduate students. Situated in three interrelated settings: in-school, after school, and over the summer, this paper focuses on the initial analysis of data collected during the 2018 summer camp. Utilizing a qualitative, participatory action research model, and drawing on the Harvard Family Research Project out-of-school performance measures, a number of themes emerged which seem to support the effort.

Keywords: aviation outreach, diversity in aviation, minority in aviation, participatory action, qualitative research 

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