At Trafalgar, we believe in extending learning beyond the classroom to allow our students to connect with their curriculum in real-world situations. Not only does this supplement learning but it leads to unforgettable experiences for our girls.
Most recently, our Grade 10 Design Technology and Grade 11 Physics students attended “A Day of Aviation,” hosted by the Women in Aviation group at Air Canada. For the second year, Trafalgar students were treated to a day filled with educational activities led by inspirational women at Canada’s largest airline.
Students felt empowered speaking with a panel of female pilots who shared their life and career experiences. “It was a great privilege to hear them speak about how much they love their job and overcoming stereotypes,” said Grade 12 student, Cecile, who attended the event last year.
The girls also had fun exploring a hangar where they got to meet engineers and maintenance workers who make sure each plane is safe. While in the hangar, students also got a rare glimpse at parts of a plane the public seldom gets to see. They climbed onto an engine to see inside and sat in the cockpit to learn about the controls.
The day also served as an opportunity to introduce students to a variety of future STEM career paths and possibilities. Many students left the event feeling inspired to pursue a career in aviation, including a Grade 11 student who’s currently working on her pilot’s license certification and Cecile, who plans to pursue aviation in her post-secondary studies. “Not only did this event help solidify my passion for aviation, it also taught me to embrace my dream of being a United Nations peacekeeping pilot,” Cecile said. “Although this may not be considered a traditional occupation for women, the drive, determination and persistence that the employees of Air Canada exude have given me the courage to pursue my dream career.”
Thank you to everyone at Air Canada’s Women in Aviation group for hosting such a successful and educational day for our girls.