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British International School of Washington Launched Build-A-Plane

December 21, 2016

Students at British International School of Washington (BISW) are ambitious and thriving in a vibrant academic environment that provides pace, challenge and support. BISW emphasizes hands-on experiences to motivate our young learners in the area of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), as well as to prepare them well for the upcoming MIT collaboration.

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On Dec. 14th, 2016, British International School of Washington community was beyond excited to welcome their vintage plane for the Build-A-Plane project at the Washington Executive Airport. The plane was a 1952 Piper Pacer 135, donated by Mary Feik Estate. The plane is 64 years old and it will be restored to flightworthy condition by Build-A-Plane students.

Sir Stewart Matthews of Royal Aeronautic Society branch office in Washington, the instructors of the project, Mrs. Melinda Viteri, Mrs. Lucy Mencia and Mr. Gareth Hall, along with Principal of BISW, celebrated this event with Build-A-Plane students and volunteers. The students were excited to see the plane at the hangar and couldn’t wait to start the project. After visiting different hangers and learning about different engines over the course of the past three months, Build-A-Plane students believe they are ready to build this plane and look forward to the great impact that this project will have on their learning.

Currently, Build-A-Plane club comprises 17 middle school students. They will be travelling to the Washington Executive Airport on a weekly basis to work on the project. We believe our students will learn so much more by participating in this applied learning experience to build on their classroom learning. Meanwhile, we are working to expand our project to include enthusiastic STEAM learners from other schools across the Washington-area. We hope this project will benefit as many young learner as possible, and we will do the best we can to support our students through this amazing learning journey.

Watch the video on WUSA 9.

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