Funds raised at Let's Take Flight! are dedicated to the Pearson Field Education Center's STEM-based aviation education programs, which introduce students, and the public to potential careers in aviation through a curriculum steeped in the rich history of Pearson Field. Proceeds support programs such as aviation summer camps and education resource fairs, open cockpit day events, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays in the learning lab.
Our Mission: Through aviation, we inspire youth to pursue education and careers in STEM fields, while instilling an appreciation for the people, events, and innovations of historic Pearson Field.
The Let’s Take Flight! Auction & Dinner is our biggest fundraiser!
In 2016, Pearson Field Education Center raised over $123,000 at the Let’s Take Flight! fundraiser. This generous support from our community went a long way toward inspiring youth and adults in aviation-based STEM education.
From the success of Let’s Take Flight!, we are able to offer most of our programs free to the public. We pay your generous contributions forward by offering fun interactive experiences to visiting school classrooms and other community groups. We also offer free educational outreach in the local area.
In 2016, Pearson Field Education Center was able to:
· host free Open Saturday events for 2,544 visitors.
· provide five weeks of Aviation Summer Camp to over 60 kids, including eight scholarship recipients from low-income families.
· open the hangar for 551 guests on special educational tours, many of whom were students, teachers, and parents from as far away as Puget Sound, WA, and Sandy, OR.
· fly 129 very excited kids during Pearson Field Education Center-sponsored events.
· host over 400 visitors on Open Cockpit Day.
· open the first-ever winter break camp.
· form Aviation Explorer Post 1905 in association with Cascadia Technical Academy and Aero Maintenance Flight Center.
· reach 2,360 kids and adults at offsite events.
We invite you to join us as a volunteer, sponsor, or donor as we create a sustainable future for the Pearson Field Education Center. Your support demonstrates your commitment to an engaged next generation and the vitality of our community.
Pearson Field Education Center
Our Mission | Through aviation, we inspire youth to pursue education and careers in STEM fields, while instilling an appreciation for the people, events, and innovations of historic Pearson Field.