Greetings Friends of Sooner Flight Academy,

Good News! Sooner Flight Academy will be holding “virtual” summer camps online this summer. We all would like things to be on-site, but since that will not be possible due to the current health situation, let's turn lemons into lemonade!
 
More Good News! The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has agreed to support our new program scope by allowing the 2020 grant to stand. We will still be able to help those families who need financial help to attend our virtual camps and participate in wonderful hands-on science activities. We look forward to continuing our tradition of aviation exploration through fun physics! Those of you who have already filled out a scholarship application will be considered for an award. If you no longer desire to be considered for a scholarship, please email dmachalinski@ou.edu.

I hope you are as excited as we are!
 
Blue Skies & Soft Landings,
Dawn Machalinski
Sooner Flight Academy Program Manager

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PENGUINS CAMPS

Penguins are flightless birds, and as such, camps for our youngest campers do not involve airplane flights at the end of camp. Penguins campers must be at least 6 years old by June 1 to attend this camp.

Registration for our 2020 Virtual Summer Camps opens in May. Only one session of the Penguins camp will be offered this summer. The cost to attend a Penguins camp is $250 per camper.

Campers spend every day having fun and learning new things about the world around them, as they explore math, science and technology from a very different perspective.

Penguins — June 8-12, 2020

Penguins is a five-day virtual on-line camp for children who will be 6 to 7 years old by June 1. Flying Birds is the theme of the camp.

Learn how things fly and what is air! Kites are a part of this fun hands-on camp that includes rocket building, bird watching and learning about ornithopters. Parts-of-the-plane fun will be learning about a bi-plane and so much more. Many of your toys/kits/supplies will be a part of your SFA package delivered to you.

Virtual Summer Camp Daily Schedules

Campers will start their day at 10:00 a.m. by interacting with their camp navigator and fellow campers for approximately one hour via a live Zoom session.

During this session, the camp navigator will introduce campers to that day’s activities, conduct science demonstrations and offer guidance on self-directed projects.

Campers will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute their knowledge during these sessions.

All lessons and videos for the camp can be accessed through Canvas. This material will also guide the camper through how to use the supplies which are included in their SFA camp package. Some common household items and tools will be needed in addition to the SFA camp package which will not be provided by SFA. A list of these items will be sent in advance of camp.

Canvas material can be accessed 24 hours a day and will be available for 90 days after the camp session has ended.

Campers and navigators will meet up again at 2:00 p.m. and have another hour of interaction—going over that afternoon’s activities and getting to know each other better.

Break-out sessions will allow smaller group interaction and the ability for more focused discussion and demonstrations by the campers.

A virtual graduation ceremony will take place on Friday at the 2:00 p.m. Zoom session.

Registering for Summer Camp

To register your child for a Sooner Flight Academy Summer Camp, you must first create a Registration Information account. This account will not only allow you to register your child for Sooner Flight Academy events, it will also let you track your child’s history of engagement with Sooner Flight Academy.

To create a Registration Information account, just click the registration link for the camp you want your child to attend. Here, you will be prompted to enter a username and password for your account. If you have previously registered a child for a Sooner Flight Academy camp, your current username and password will still work. If this is your first time registering a child for one of our camps, just click the link to create a new login to get started.

Once you have created an account, you can then click the Add a Child link to add a child to your Registration Information account. A child must be added to your account before they can be registered for a camp.

Once your child has been added to your account, you can register him or her for any available Sooner Flight Academy camp by clicking the Registration link in the left-hand menu.

Please be advised – you must fill out all required fields during Registration—including the Scholarship Application if you’re requesting a partial scholarship—in order to complete the registration process. You cannot save a partial registration or complete your registration at a later time, so please make sure you have all required information at hand when you start the registration process.

OU Faculty, Staff and Students
If you are a faculty member, staff member or student at the University of Oklahoma, please use your OU Net ID and password to create your account. If you are faculty, staff or a student at the OU Health Sciences Center, please use your OUHSC credentials to create your account. Doing so will allow you to qualify for our Member Rate Discount.

If you have additional questions about registering for a Summer Camp, visit our FAQ page.

Summer Camp Payment/Cancellation Policy

Registration for all camps opens in May and requires a non-refundable application fee of $25. Registration will remain open until the Monday morning of each camp session.

There are two payment options:
•    Option One – Pay your camp balance in full when you register for a camp.
•    Option Two – Apply for a partial scholarship when you register for a camp.

If you apply for a partial scholarship, you will only pay the non-refundable application fee at the time of registration. The remaining balance will be added to your account after the scholarships have been awarded.

Due to current circumstances related to Covid-19 in Oklahoma and the nation, the partial scholarship application deadline has been extended to May 25.

Individuals who applied for a partial scholarship prior to May 1 will be notified of their award by May 15. Recipients must email their acceptance letter and pay the balance of their account by May 25 to secure their spot in their chosen camp.

Award notifications for scholarship applications submitted after May 1 will be made by May 27. Recipients must email their acceptance letters and pay the balance of their account by May 29 to secure their place in their chosen camp.

Please check the Scholarship FAQ section of our FAQ page for more information about applying for scholarships.