UPDATE 1:08 p.m.
Story by: James Buechele
A new partnership will allow some high school students to earn college credit.
Godby High School will be partnering with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Students will be able to earn up to 18 hours of college credit.
Teachers say these classes will get students excited about education.
"This'll be the most fun science course and mathematics you've ever done," said Time Hester, assistant professor at ERAU.
"It's not your typical class that you would take in high school," said Godby high school principal Shelly Bell. "But this is where the future is and they're really excited to say 'wait, we get to do that here at Godby?"
News Release: Leon County Schools
Godby High School will be partnering with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to offer dual enrollment opportunities in aerospace and engineering for the 2014-2015 school year.
Godby students will be able to earn up to 18 hours of college credit in one of the two fields. Through the joint partnership, ERAU credentialed high school teachers will instruct students on Godby's campus.
The idea is to use aviation and aerospace to capture students imaginations and motivate them towards success with their studies. We anticipate Unmanned Aircraft Systems to be one of the most popular courses.
Through the course students will learn the history of unmanned aircraft, examine present military and commercial applications, and use teamwork to solve a real-world problem flying an iPad controlled AR drone quadricopter with onboard HD video recorder. (THEY WILL HAVE A QUADRICOPTER ON HAND FRIDAY FOR VISUALS)
"The mission of our Aerospace Career Academy program is to inspire high school students with rigorous STEM-related dual enrollment courses while providing a clear pathway to an accelerated college degree and high-paying jobs in the exciting aerospace industry." - John P. Johnson, Ph.D, President and CEO Embry Riddle Aeronautical University