Spotlight on School Clubs: Camelot Knight Flyers

By Moses Alicea and Jay Smith
As featured on page 52 in the April 2012 issue

Starting school clubs might be easier than you think. The Camelot Knight Flyers, at Camelot Elementary School in Orlando, Florida, is a great example of a parent-and-teacher partnership where the students benefit and are introduced to modeling in a positive way.

This award-winning club, made up of fourth and fifth grade students, is sponsored by Camelot Elementary science lab teacher, Richard Ellenburg, and longtime modeler and pilot, Moses Alicea.

Florida's teacher of the year, Richard, writes in his blog, "For the past two years we have placed renewed emphasis on the concept of flight. To enhance the experience, we created the Camelot Flyers. Aeronautics clubs are open to our fourth and fifth graders. Under the direction of myself and an incredible parent volunteer [Moses Alicea (who is an expert RC pilot)], our students have learned how to build and fly a variety of radio controlled airplanes. We work with balsa or Styrofoam to create electric motor trainers, gliders and "slow stick airplanes". Through grants and donations, we currently have three flight simulators, eight planes with at least 36 or greater wing spans and four radio transmitters."

Students are building a balsa glider capable of carrying a GI Joe action figure. The gliders are to be powered with rubber bands. (photo from Richard's blog)

This is a photo of the nicely decorated winning glider.

As part of the test for a “pilot license,” students must correctly identify the parts of an airplane.

Students utilize donated magazines as part of their research to learn more about aeromodeling.

RealFlight Basic is used for flight training. Students demonstrate their proficiency by performing a takeoff, circling the field and landing a basic model two times in a row.

The students are with sponsors Richard (L) and Moses in the Camelot Elementary science lab.

Moses takes time to connect with the students and ensure that all of their modeling questions are answered.

A typical day of buddy-box flying is never short of eager, willing participants!

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