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Rule the Air! Summer Camp for High School Students

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Out-of-School and Informal Activities

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

25.1138.1 - 25.1138.12

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https://peer.asee.org/21895

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42

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Brittany L. Luken Georgia Institute of Technology

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Brittany Luken is pursuing a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include investigating how revenue policies impact operations in the airline industry. Luken earned a M.S. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 and a B.E. in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2008.

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Susan L. Hotle Georgia Institute of Technology

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Susan Hotle is a first-year graduate student and a 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship recipient. In 2010, she received a B.S. in civil engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. She has researched the effects of product debundling in the airline industry and is interested in airline competitiveness indicators.

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Laurie Anne Garrow Georgia Institute of Technology

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Laurie Garrow is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked for four years as a Research Analyst with United Air Lines and one year with a management consulting firm.

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Christopher Cappelli Georgia Institute of Technology

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Christopher Cappelli is a Research Associate at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of CEISMC’s evaluation team, where he conducts evaluations and research for a variety of K-12 education initiatives. Cappelli received his B.S. at Wagner College in 2009, and earned his M.Ph. at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in May of 2011.

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Lauren Alise Jones

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Margaret-Avis Anyeley Akofio-Sowah Georgia Institute of Technology

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Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah is pursuing a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include transportation asset management and sustainable transportation, especially relating to developing countries. Akofio-Sowah earned her B.S. in engineering science from Smith College in 2010 and her M.S. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011.

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Stefanie Brodie Georgia Institute of Technology

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Stefanie Brodie is a second year graduate student currently pursuing dual master's degrees in transportation engineering and urban planning with the intent to apply for the Ph.D. program in transportation engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in civil engineering. Her research interests focus on the interaction of transportation networks and land use through accessibility, especially regarding non-motorized and transit modes of transportation, and the application of that interaction for transportation planning. She has a strong interest in secondary education, especially in STEM fields.

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Abstract

Rule the Air! Summer Camp for High School StudentsDuring a weeklong summer camp, high school students were introduced to aviation and theairline industry. The camp curriculum centered on the use of airline simulation software toprovide students hands-on experience with some of the major challenges faced in the airlineindustry. The students formed teams that were tasked with creating and operating an airlinewhich included scheduling, staffing, fleet selection, maintenance, advertising, and ticket pricing.Throughout the week, lectures and activities were presented by graduate students and professorsto inform the decision-making process of the new airline executives. The topics coveredincluded: transportation engineering, the history of the airline industry, attributes that affectconsumer’s choice, reasons for passenger “no shows” and ways to predict the number ofpassengers that will not show up, game theory as applied to setting fares, scheduling techniques,the physics of flight, marketing programs, and frequent flyer incentives. The camp also includedfieldtrips to Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and the Delta Heritage Museum.The curriculum culminated in a competition between the students’ airlines using the software tosimulate a real-world environment. The evaluation of this summer program utilized pre-postsurveys to measure the impact of camp experience on student self-efficacy and STEM interest.Furthermore, it was designed to determine students’ interest and understanding of the airlineindustry. The post-survey also consisted of open-ended questions focusing on students’ interestin pursuing a career in the airline industry after attending the camp. Results indicate that studentfamiliarity with the airline industry generally increased. Additionally, students generally feltmore confident performing activities related to the airline industry following the summerprogram. The majority of students (75%) also reported that they were interested in pursing amarketing or engineering degree in college. Overall, the evaluation results showed that the campwas a positive learning experience for students.

Luken, B. L., & Hotle, S. L., & Garrow, L. A., & Cappelli, C., & Jones, L. A., & Akofio-Sowah, M. A., & Brodie, S. (2012, June), Rule the Air! Summer Camp for High School Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21895

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