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Youth STEM Academy

Aviation is one of the greatest ways to stimulate youth interest in the STEM disciplines, as learning about flying gliders involves practical, real-world applications of math, science, technology, planning, and operations. Learning to fly a glider also involves a lot of teamwork and communication, building early leadership and critical thinking skills. Our programs are helping develop the next generation of pilots, mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and other STEM-related careers.  

Our Youth STEM Academy programming fulfills a key part of our mission and is offered free of charge or at minimal cost to participating youth, The programs are designed for students at the junior high and high school levels and TTSA relies primarily on charitable donations for the funding of all programs.  The young men and women who participate in these programs are critical to Truckee-Tahoe Soaring Association's success. 


Following is an overview of our planned 2023 Youth Stem Academy programs; additional information to following in early Spring 2023:

Our Youth STEM Academy programs would not be possible without charitable donations, grants, and other community support.  You can help us deliver these programs with a tax-deductible donation today by clicking on the link below:

Youth Line Crew and Flight School 


This is a May - September youth program for TTAD area students ages 13 to 18, during which they receive  classroom training, flight instruction and work on the airfield under the supervision of and further mentoring by a certified flight instructor.

Youth Soaring Days

(Planned/New for 2023)


This is a monthly, one-day event for up to 9 local youth ages 10-18 to where they receive a mini class on the principles of flight, followed by a 15-20 minute soaring flight with a certified pilot

Youth Soaring Camp

(Planned/New for 2023)



This is a six-day, Monday through Saturday program for TTAD area youth ages 13 through 18 designed to accelerate their path towards obtaining their glider pilot license  The camp includes ten glider flight lessons, visits to aviation facilities, and evening educational activities.

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Preston earns his CFIG rating
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