A classroom for the Future
In November of 2014, FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, donated its last retired Boeing 727-200F aircraft to Beavercreek City Schools. The district will work with partners Wright State University, Clark State Community College, and Dayton International Airport to transform the jet into a STEM classroom.
The aircraft will help students from throughout the region succeed in school, mobilize future talent and cultivate a workforce that is prepared to meet the technical and transportation career challenges of the future.
We are proud to be partnering with such prestigious organizations to bring a new level of hands-on, STEM-related education to our students!
Facts about the Beavercreek STEM Jet:
- Manufactured in December 1973 for Air Canada
- Acquired by Federal Express in October 1986
- Spent 13 years in passenger service and 28 years in cargo service
- Accumulated 58,958 flight hours and 37,619 landings
- The FedEx Aircraft Donation Program dates back to 1995
- FedEx aircraft are named after the children of employees; this jet was named after Nathaniel, who was three years old when the airplane was named. Today he is a freshman at the University of North Dakota studying Airport Management.
November 20 Donation CelebrationNovember 20, 2014, will mark a special day in the history of Beavercreek City Schools.
On this day, Beavercreek students, staff and Board members; representatives from FedEx Express, Dayton International Airport, Clark State Community College, and Wright State University; local dignitaries; and Representative Rick Perales gathered in the Wright Brothers Aero hangar at Dayton International Airport to welcome the Beavercreek STEM Jet to its new home.The Beavercreek High School Marching Band kicked off the event with an upbeat selection of music, following which the hangar doors were opened up and the attendees stepped outside to watch the jet make its last pass and taxi to the hangar.Speakers for the event were:
- Terrence G. Slaybaugh, Director, Dayton International Airport
- Rick Perales, Ohio House of Representatives, 73rd District
- Dr. Bill McGlothlin, Beavercreek Superintendent
- Dr. Cassie Barlow, Aerospace Professional Development Center, Executive Director, Wright State University
- Dr. Amit Singh, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Clark State Community College
- Jo Ann Rigano, Beavercreek Board of Education and Beavercreek STEM Jet Founder
- Beth Rush, Advisor, Aircraft Acquisitions & Sales, FedEx Express
- David Sutton, Managing Director, Aircraft Acquisitions & Sales, FedEx Express
Media CoverageThe Beavercreek STEM Jet's landing earned much coverage. See what our local media outlets had to say:December 11, 2014Work began to strip the interior and prep it to become a state-of-the-art classroom!April 30, 2015Major renovations continued thanks to students and staff from the Greene County Career Center.