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Legends in Flight Airshow Experience

 

 

It all started with someone posting a quick reply to a post on Facebook I made in March, “Jenn, I have an opportunity for you, I’ll be in touch soon.”  My friend and I connected and he shared his idea – I called Carrie and she said: “let’s do it- let’s have a booth at the Air Force’s largest Air Show in May!!”  Holy smokes! I thought to myself.  We are doing this!

There was a lot of planning involved- how would we present ourselves, what would we share with the kids?  It was a STEM event that we were being asked to support – we had to do something interesting but within our budget.  We thought of bringing some VR gear, but after some discussion, we realized that putting a kid in Virtual Reality would not give us the engagement we were seeking – plus we aren’t Virtual Reality salespeople.  So Carrie came up with “Hoop Airplanes“, bottle rockets and coloring.  We bought the stores out of straws, index cards, crayons, paper and 35mm film containers (remember those?) and headed to Washington DC.  And thanks to the financial support of many of our friends and family, we pulled it off.

We had an absolutely amazing time at the Joint Base Andrews Airshow that took place that weekend, May 10-12 2019.  We engaged with over 5000 children and adults throughout the event spreading the word about women in aviation and the possibilities available for everyone.  It was fun promoting Preflight Aviation Camp, Legacy Flight Academy, and Sisters of the Skies as we built hoop airplanes that looked like they shouldn’t fly and rockets with the little ones.

We also met many interesting people.  Next to our booth was a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) booth where kids were introduced to some of their fascinating STEM projects.  Behind our booth was the NavSea Seaperch booth, highlighting underwater robots, and across from our booth was the Smithsonian Mars Map and Mars Tour bus – the first unveiling of it ever. As well as many many more.

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The whole event was educational and fun, we were grateful to be a part of it all.  The best part was meeting Mae Krier, one of the original Rosie the Riveters – an energetic 93-year-old who continues to inspire women to do the extraordinary through her iconic bicep curl. If it wasn’t for the patriotic women of the riveters (one in four married women in 1943), the United States would not have been able to maintain its manufacturing dominance during the war.

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Altogether, the weekend was a humbling and exciting event.  We were so grateful to our photographer, @Laylasnapz (on Instagram) for her amazing eye, K. Zimmerman for his encouragement and connections, and Ryan V. for all of the opportunities he provided us.  The Milieux Project is starting to catch on and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

If you like what you see here, please contact us for your next event.  We love engaging and sharing our stories.  Also, please show your support where ever you go with a Milieux Patch or sticker which can be purchased on our home page.  Thanks so much for reading and being a part of the change!  #changethemilieux #aviatrix #rosietheriveter #womeninhistory

 

************************************************************************************The Rosies Need your Help!  See below for an opportunity to help recognize these iconic women at the National Level.  All it takes is your signature and note to your congressman.

Support S.892 The Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019.

Also support H.R. 1773 The Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019.

Delta Scholarship to National Flight Academy

Aviation enthusiasts ages 11-17 can apply for a Delta sponsored scholarship to the National Flight Academy this summer in Pensacola, Fl! Once in a lifetime opportunity fully funded for maximum enjoyment.

Application requirements include a video and essay- and are due by Feb 21, 2020.

Want a preview of what’s in store? Check out this video to see all of the experiences in store for you and your family.

On Mentoring and Being Seen

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The first class to graduate under the Artemis program includes (top row) Matthew Dominick of NASA, Kayla Barron of NASA, Warren Hoburg of NASA, and Joshua Kutryk of CSA, (middle row) Bob Hines of  NASA, Frank Rubio of NASA, Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons of CSA, Jasmin Moghbeli of NASA, and Jessica Watkins of NASA, (bottom row) Raja Chari of NASA, Jonny Kim of NASA, Zena Cardman of NASA, and Loral O’Hara of NASA
Photo Credit: NASA (www.nasa.gov)

On 10 January 2020, 13 new astronauts joined the ranks of both NASA and the CSA.  Almost as noteworthy as the new astronauts is the fact that this was the first public graduation ceremony NASA has ever hosted.  Each of the graduates are incredibly intelligent, skilled, and qualified (you can read their biographies at www.nasa.gov).  Additionally, in his graduation remarks, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stated it was the most diverse class of astronauts to graduate the demanding 2+ year training program.

We commend NASA for making the graduation public and for televising the event. While it may not be likely that many tuned in to the NASA channel or http://www.nasa.gov to watch the event, the public ceremony is a step in the right direction.  NASA and other aviation and space related organizations should continue to celebrate the men and women who join their ranks in an effort to showcase possibilities to those who may follow in their footsteps.

The importance of representation, being visible, and mentoring is more than a feel good thing, it may also be scientific.  In “Science: it’s a role model thing“, Chris Gunter addresses the common belief that “girls are more likely to enter and stay in a scientific career if they have female role models who are successful in science or math; ergo, female scientists should make all efforts to serve as role models.” [1] In her article she poses the question: is it actually true?  The author discovered that while there were a multitude of online efforts and programs to involve girls and women in science, there is an absence of peer reviewed studies to identify the effectiveness of these activities.   Her article was the first time I heard of the concept of ‘stereotype threat’, which she defined as “the effect of anxiety or negative emotion when a subject is put in a position where they might confirm a negative stereotype about themselves”.  I had already read about and understood imposter syndrome which can be defined as “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.” [2] ‘Imposters’ like me suffer from chronic self-doubt, the idea that we are not as smart as our performance shows or others think we are.  My two cents?  Seeing someone who looks like you can help you overcome both a stereotype threat and imposter syndrome, but talking to them and reading about how they achieved their success is even more important.

Being role models, like the recent 13 NASA and CSA astronauts, and being a mentor helps.  But these roles are not without their own barriers.  In her article Gunter further states that data indicates the type of role model presented matters and individuals preparing to be role models and mentors indicated they felt pressure “to be the perfect woman scientist to attract girls to the field.” [3]. Furthermore, what if the role model or mentor is deemed too perfect, furthering the belief that success in that career is unobtainable.   For example, a little girl could see the picture of the first Artemis astronaut class and see that 6 of the 13 new astronauts are women (yes!) but then read their biographies and learn the details of their incredible credentials and success, leading the girl to believe she cannot achieve that same success (no!).

So what do we do?  Our advice:  continue to be present, be visible, and mentor. Share your stories, your failures, and your success.  Help bring the next generation up.  Let them see someone who looks like them succeed…but also share how you got there so they do not fall prey to any sort of stereotype or syndrome.  It is never too late get involved.  Contact your local Boys and Girls Club, attend mentoring programs at your library, volunteer to speak to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in your community.  Gunter provides examples to ways to get involved in her article, we are sharing them here along with some ideas of our own.

Continue reading “On Mentoring and Being Seen”

$1M of AOPA Scholarships

Students and teachers are already qualified for this year’s Aircraft Owners and Operators (AOPA) scholarships. Students ages 15-18 yrs can receive up to $10k towards a pilot’s license, and up to 20 qualified teachers can apply for the same.

Picture care of AOPA.org

Those already flying can also apply for advanced ratings at various levels.

Interested? Find out more information below- applications are due by Mar 1st. Who knows, you might be the next scholarship recipient!

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/january/08/aopa-flight-training-scholarships-open

#changeyourmilieux

The Service Academy path to Flying

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Are you a student in high school and interested in a flying career? You may want to consider attending a service academy instead of a state or private university for your four-year bachelor’s degree.  The service academies are little known opportunities that do not require tuition, pay students to attend, guarantee at least 5 years of employment after graduation, and supply a young person with endless possibilities for the rest of her life, not the least of which is free training in aviation.  So what does it take to apply?

There are 4 major academies and several smaller military schools that can be paths to a military aviation career.  Did you know that the United States Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Military Academy (West Point), the Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy can all provide flying opportunities for graduates?  All are among the best collegiate programs in the country and can provide an easy track to many professions, in multiple fields.  So, how does one apply to “The Academy”?

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Service Academies; from upper left to bottom right – West Point, Air Force Academy Chapel, USNA, and Coast Guard Academy

The process is lengthy, so early preparation is key.  Anyone interested in attending a service academy must demonstrate to an admissions board a well-rounded student and citizen.   This means not only having competitive grades, but it also means participating in clubs and organizations that are not school functions (ie an after school activity or nonaffiliated program) and also playing at least one sport.  If you are considering a service academy as an option for your collegiate degree, we recommend starting early to prepare your resume, because the schools are highly competitive.  Most students begin preparing in their sophomore year, though applications are not due until senior year of highschool.

Many steps of the application process are unique to military academies compared to colleges and universities.  One very large difference is the requirement to apply for, and secure, a nomination from a sitting member of Congress or the Vice President of the United States.  If you don’t know who your Senator or Representative is, here is the list of representatives and this link to find your senator.  You do not have to personally know any of these members, an official request is required.  Congressional members have different methods of nominating their candidates.  Some members require an in-person interview.  Others host panels of interviews, much like a job interview.  The member nominating a candidate will want to see the well rounded and mature person that meets their expectation of a future military officer.  There are other ways to secure a nomination for specialty groups, check each academy’s website for details.

Once a nomination application is complete,  applicants will be contacted by a Liaison Officer (Or Blue and Gold member as known in the Navy)- someone in the service associated with the Academy that can assist with the rest of the application process- and be given an opportunity to visit the school in an overnight capacity.  Students will have to take a physical fitness test designed by the specific service academy as well as a medical examination and may have to take other screening tests to ensure basic aptitude for military service.  An applicant should have a clean record – no arrests, drug use or misdemeanors on record- and cannot be married or have children.

tran-mau-tri-tam-tZnbakTUcTI-unsplash.jpgEach service academy accepts about 800-1100 students a year, out of 10,000.  Varsity sports players sometimes have an advantage for admission, as sports are a revenue source for the Academies, but they are not the majority of admissions.  Also, no requirements are set for any previous flight or military experience.  Cadets who attend are given the full scope of skills necessary to become military officers and specialists.  Some candidates with congressional nominations who do not make the cut for an academy may be offered a year at prep school to cover a gap in a record.  Many people who attend prep school are accepted into the academy the following year without issue.

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If you are considering an application to one of the service Academies, and have more questions after reading this short summary, feel free to reach out to us using our message feature.  If we don’t know the answer to your question we can connect you to someone who can.

#flyingcareer #school #aviation #getstarted #launch

WAI Scholarships

The Women In Aviation International (WAI) scholarship applications close 12 November this year! WAI gives out almost $1M in aviation related scholarships each year- check the link below to see if you qualify for one and get your application in soon!

https://www.wai.org/education/scholarships

#aviation #everygirlshouldfly #changeyourmilieux

Craig Airport Young Eagles Nov 16, 2019

Parents, have you ever wanted your child to experience aviation up close and personally- in a general aviation airplane?  Come out to Jacksonville Executive Airport on 16 November for a chance to fly in a general aviation aircraft FOR FREE with a EAA certified Young Eagle Pilot!

Young Eagles is a program started by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to introduce children of all ages to aviation.  Residents of Jacksonville can take advantage of this event on 16 November and then cheer on local pilots as they compete in a landing contest!

#everykidshouldfly. #changeyourmilieux #preflightacademy #eaa

Event in Jacksonville: What is it like to be a female pilot?

Join us at the Willowbranch Library on 2875 Park St at 5p, tomorrow 21 Oct to hear from female pilots and other professionals on real life experiences, advice and candid dialogue on what it is like to not only be a pilot, but a pilot with different needs and expectations than the majority. Help us change the statistics!  #beapartofthechange

Learn more about the event here

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Daughter teaches dad about mountain flying

A father shared his story about watching his 16 year old daughter change from a serial texter to a soaring expert in just a few weeks.

Graduates of the Sugarbush Soaring Youth Experience

Learn more about this youth program in Warren, Vermont here https://sugarbushsoaring.com/youth-programs/youth-program-overview

#everygirlshouldfly #experience

Vengeance by Princess Olga of Kiev

There are rare times in history when the ingenuity and courage of leaders are captured in such a way as to inspire generations behind them, but Milieux has discovered another such leader in Princess Olga of Kiev.

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Princess Olga, also known as Saint Olga, was born sometime in the 10th century to a royal family.  She was married to Prince Igor I of Kiev, heir of Oleg and ruler of the Keivan Rus, who lived in the area that is now known today as Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, to whom she bore a son, Svyatoslav.

The Keivan Rus had a complicated relationship with neighboring tribes, the Drevlians.  The pagan tribes had allied in their battles against the Byzantine Empire, from which a tithing was developed to be paid from the Drevlians to the Keivan Rus.  When the Drevlians refused to pay in 912, Igor rode with his army to “encourage” them to pay, and when he decided they did not give enough and returned to impose more tithings, the Drevlian Prince Mal killed him.

History does not give a good account of how this affected Princess Olga but, but as regent to the throne, she was soon courted by the Drevlians to marry the murderer of her husband, Prince Mal. The Drevlians sent a boat of ambassadors to convince the princess to agree to marriage, and, either fearing that revenge would be taken upon them, or beguiled by instructions from Olga herself, demanded they be carried in their boat to discuss the matter directly with the Princess.

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The Drevlians obviously underestimated the Princess and her ingenuity and/or desire for revenge for when they arrived to her castle in their boat, she had already dug a grave for them the size of a boat, and commanded her men to drop the boat unto it and buried them alive.  Before the grave was even refilled, she sent for more ambassadors from the Drevlians, feigning delight at the first party of suitors.  Unaware of the murders she had just committed, they sent more representatives and upon their arrival, she encouraged them to bathe and relax.  They went willingly and without knowing it, Princess Olga had them locked inside and set fire to the bathhouse, burning the Drevlian ambassadors alive.

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This began Princess Olga’s year-long siege on the Drevlians, conquering their cities and farms.  Legend has it that when the capital refused to submit to her rule, she called a truce and asked for pigeons and sparrows from all of the homes of the Drevlians, as a show of good faith.  The Drevlians were grateful.  When the birds arrived, she had her men tie paper firebombs to the birds’ legs, knowing that the birds would return to their homes- let them loose and set fire to the Drevelian capital.  Over 5000 Drevlians died in her war against them.

Princess Olga was a pagan at birth but grew an interest in Christianity in her adult years.  Her sainthood is rooted in her ambition to bring Christianity to the people of Kiev, though she was unsuccessful in convincing her son to convert once he was of age.  In her travels to Constantinople, and a visit to Emperor Constantine VII, the Emperor conversed with her and determined her to be worthy to “reign with him”.  Olga pointed out that she was pagan, and that she required instruction and baptism and insisted that the Emperor be her instructor.  He taught her and shared the Christain way with her and upon her baptism, in which she accepted the Christian name “Helena” after the Emperor’s mother, she once again outwitted her suitor and pointed out that he was now her godfather, eliminating the possibility of matrimony.  Emperor Constantine was impressed with her cunning and historical references validate that he respected her for her wit, making the Keivan-Rus and Byzantine kingdom an alliance.

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While the princess ruled only for the years her son, Sviatoslav, was growing up, her success as a regent and ruler are irrefutable.  She was the first female ruler of Keiv and the first Christian ruler.  And her duality of a bloodthirsty widow set on revenge and a Christian woman destined to change a culture make her a very interesting figure to study.   Someone who was as ruthless and cunning as the princess is memorialized and celebrated by her people.  I think there is a lesson in this for girls today.  Not that they must be killers and ruthless, but that girls must live life as best as they can, without thinking about how their actions will be perceived.  A lot of pressure is put on girls to be demure and quiet – intentionally or not – for fear of ruining their reputation or status.  Having a figure like Princess Olga to reminds us that we are all destined to deal with some complication in life – and being quiet and demure about it may not be the best way to approach it.

#befierce #changethemilieux #princess #Rus

 

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