At Glasair Aviation, Larsen Meets Student Winners of General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s ‘Build a Plane’ Challenge

Jun 29, 2016 Issues: Education, Jobs Labor and the Economy

ARLINGTON, WA—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today met the winning team of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s “Build a Plane Challenge” and toured the Glasair Aviation facility.

“Congratulations to the talented team from Weyauwega-Fremont High School,” said Larsen, the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Aviation. “Whether it is competing to construct an airplane or participating in an apprenticeship it is critical – especially in aerospace hubs like the Northwest – that we find more ways to encourage young folks to turn their passions into careers in the STEM field. It was great to see that work happening in my hometown of Arlington.”

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and industry leaders sponsor an annual “Build a Plane” Challenge in order to promote STEM studies in high schools across the country. The winning high school team received an all-expenses paid trip to Arlington to spend two weeks at Glasair Aviation assembling a Glasair Aviation Sportsman airplane.

Larsen is a leading proponent of STEM education. His Youth Access to American Jobs Act would create a pathway for students from their junior year in high school through community college and into an apprenticeship, helping students gain skills directly related to workforce needs in their area. Larsen is also supporting legislation to encourage more women and minorities to enter STEM fields.