You first read about fifth graders in Ms. Gina Stafford’s class Skyping with airport engineers in a post here on March 11, 2015. The class had two Skype sessions with some of her former co-workers from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport in Tennessee. Civil engineers, Sherry Self, Eric Williamson and Jessica Miller–a geographic information system (GIS)/Environmental specialist– talked to students via the internet, using a webcam and Skype video chat in the classroom. They described their specific jobs at the airport and what kind of education one would need for these types of careers.
On March 27, 2015 those fifth grade students visited McGhee Tyson Airport. The tour was conducted by the very same engineers that students Skyped with earlier in the year. Students learned about aviation career fields and how an airport operates. Students saw the Airport Rescue and Firefighting Facility, the Airport Maintenance Center, TAC Air (a general aviation facility that operates at the airport,) and the main terminal building including administrative offices. They also got to get out on one of the closed runways that is currently under reconstruction.