New after-school program aimed at junior high kids
BALDWIN — Baldwin Junior High students will have an opportunity to learn about remote control (RC) planes, jets and cars with hands-on fun and educational experiences, thanks to the Lake County Modelers and Flyers Association.
The after-school program will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the school year, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the high school cafeteria. Three to four members of the LCMFA work with students.
“We offer a full-fledged after-school program every other year,” said Len Todd, treasurer for the LCMFA. “We have as many as 24 students participate, but usually keep it 10 to 12 kids. This gives kids exposure to the RC models we use, such as planes, cars and drones. We also teach the kids how to safely handle batteries.”
Some of the activities will be building wooden gliders for a glider contest, designing rubber band-powered gliders to fly around a pylon, practicing flight simulators, repairing RC cars and flying planes and drones. Kids also have plenty of opportunities to race RC cars. As the weather warms up, some of the activities will move to the Baldwin RC Park at the Baldwin Municipal Airport.
Kids pick up skills in teamwork, math, problem-solving and working together. The also have fun.
Todd said the main goal in providing the program is to reach out to youth.
“If we can save one kid from getting into trouble or going to jail, we have been successful,” he said, adding how the program promotes kids to participate in activities with their parents. “We have been thanked twice by grandparents who said this program helped save their grandchildren.”
The LCMFA receives support for the program from grants by local groups such as Baldwin Rotary Club, Lake County Community Foundation, and local businesses and individuals.
For students interested in participating a form can be picked up in the high school office.