INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION, DESERT JET SPONSORS THE FIRST INTERACTIVE STEM EDUCATION FIELD TRIP FOR COACHELLA VALLEY STUDENTS
Desert Jet, the premier full-service business aviation company based in Greater Palm Springs, California, is proud to sponsor the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education field trip for elementary and middle school students from the Coachella Valley to Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, California. The field trip to the science museum is part of Desert Jet’s ongoing commitment to educating and inspiring the next generation of students while elevating the aviation experience for the community.
Through Desert Jet’s partnership with the Discovery Cube Orange County and the Coachella Valley Unified School District, 100 students from the Las Palmitas, Saul Martinez, and Toro Canyon Elementary and Middle Schools will travel to the science museum on August 25th, 2022, and spend the day with their teachers engaged in fun, hands-on science-based exhibits and activities designed around the theme of Travel Through Space with a focus on aviation.
“We all know the value of STEM education and the need for science-based curriculum in our school systems to help engage, inspire, and stimulate the next generation of forward-thinkers,” said Desert Jet CEO Jared Fox. “The Discovery Cube is a wonderful organization that addresses the lack of STEM education in schools by providing a unique and fun, hands-on learning experience for many kids. Desert Jet is very proud to be partnering with the Discovery Cube to help bring some of this amazingly valuable education to kids and young adults of the Coachella Valley.”
Students will explore the Solar System Encounter and physics lab to experience interactive science activities related to flight, such as the Paper Airplane and Straw Rocket exhibits. The Discovery Cube education team will also extend the program to develop a science curriculum for Coachella Valley teachers to continue STEM education in the classrooms.
“The Discovery Cube is grateful for this special partnership with Desert Jet and its commitment to hands-on STEM education,” said Discovery Cube OC Vice President, Development Debbie Loughran. “We share their vision to ignite the passion of ‘Discovery’ in the hearts and minds of the next generation of students. STEM education focusing on aviation can take students to new heights where they will soar!”
“Coachella Valley Unified is grateful for our partnership with Desert Jet and the Discovery Cube,” said Coachella Valley USD CTE District Coordinator Marie Perotti. “Field trips are an essential part of student learning, helping them make academic connections to what they are learning in the classroom to the world, as well as inspire their curiosity! Many of our students have never traveled outside of our district boundaries. Field trip opportunities allow students to see a bigger picture! Community relationships are highly valued and necessary for schools to thrive.”
Many elementary students will transition to Desert Mirage High School, giving them a head start in the school’s aviation program and connection to Desert Jet’s shadowing and internship programs for career development opportunities in business aviation.
“We thank our partner Desert Jet for helping us offer Coachella Valley USD students additional college and career opportunities that expand their academic horizon and promote play,” stated Superintendent Dr. Luis Valentino. “We hope we can further expand our aviation pathway in the very near future to include many more high school students in the Coachella Valley.”
About Desert Jet
Desert Jet is a group of aircraft management, charter, maintenance, and FBO companies based in Palm Springs/Thermal, California (KTRM). Desert Jet is a full-service aviation company providing jet owners with turn-key management for their aircraft.
Desert Jet’s on-demand charter offers private flyers a smarter alternative to fractional aircraft ownership and expensive membership programs. Desert Jet is committed to safety and security and is ARGUS Platinum rated, Wyvern Wingman certified, and IS-BAO Stage 3 registered.
Desert Jet Maintenance is an FAA-certified Part 145 Repair Station offering scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintenance and repair services to a wide variety of aircraft.
Desert Jet Center is a world-class independent FBO serving the needs of the business and the general aviation community at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM). The brand new 32,500-square-foot executive facility features a state-of-the-art, modern terminal and the only air-conditioned hangar in the entire Coachella Valley. Desert Jet Center is NATA Safety 1st certified and a designated NATA Safety 1st Clean location.
For more information about our services, visit www.desertjet.com or call (800) 381-JETS.
About Discovery Cube Orange County
For over 35 years, Discovery Cube has been a nonprofit organization that inspires and educates young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits to create a meaningful impact on the communities they serve.
From early childhood education to STEM proficiency, healthy living to environmental stewardship, these initiatives go to the heart of Discovery Cube’s mission as an entity of inspiration, education, and transformation. From our educational outreach programs to our empowering real-world application, we are an agent of change in this ever-evolving world, a non-profit organization on a mission of good through the wonders of science. Learn more at: www.discoverycube.org/
About Coachella Valley USD
Coachella Valley Unified School District covers more than 1,200 square miles of mostly rural desert terrain, serving the communities of Coachella, Thermal, Mecca, Oasis, Indio, and the Salton Sea. The district currently operates fourteen elementary schools, three middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, and one adult school. Coachella Valley Unified School District has a growing reputation for innovative programs and outstanding staff. Coachella Valley Unified School District has a large Latino and English Learner population that has made tremendous improvements in student achievement in the past few years. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students, teachers, staff, parents and the community that has made that achievement possible. Our district faces some very tough challenges in educating the children of the Coachella Valley. We remain convinced that we can and will continue to improve our educational outcomes so that more of our students go on to college and become respected and respectful members of our diverse global society. Education is the ticket to the future and we are working diligently to make sure that we provide students with opportunities to excel and to prosper.