The Purdue chapter of Women in Aviation hosted their second annual Girls in Aviation Day event at the Purdue University Airport on September 23. Events also occurred across the Women in Aviation International network around the world. Every chapter looks to bring the passion, exploration, learning, and excitement of aviation and aerospace to their event. The purpose of Girls in Aviation Day is to teach young girls about aviation and excite them about the high-flying fun that the industry offers.
Sixty student volunteers and ten corporate sponsors hosted approximately eighty girls from third through eighth grades for a day camp filled with aviation fun. The day consisted of static aircraft display, seminars, and many STEM activities. The girls were able to learn how to build an airport, work with snap circuits, play aviation-themed minute-to-win-it games, and more. Looking to expose the girls to the diverse possibilities in aviation, a group was able to tour the air traffic control tower as well as visit the Navy EA-18 Growler. Lunch, a backpack full of goodies, a t-shirt and a cake celebration were all included with each registration. The student organization hopes to continue to encourage and inspire young girls each year to join them in being the future of the women in aviation.