Grant Recipient Highlight: SOAR Foundation 

The SOAR Foundation aims to bridge the opportunity gap by providing access to Falcon Aerolab’s STEM/Aerospace education programs for low-income students, fostering their dreams to take flight.

Date icon April 29, 2024
Tag icon Aerospace, Education, Feature, Grants

About SOAR Foundation & Falcon Aerolab

Falcon Aerolab is a program designed to enrich the careers and technical skills of charter and homeschool students ages 9-16 across three states, with the aim of offering STEM education and pathway to flight training and aviation mechanic certifications. Students who attend AeroLab programs build personal portfolios, licenses, certifications, and credentials such as: Part 107 Drone License, Solidworks (CAD), COMPTIAA+, Network+, & Security+. The program began in 2017 with 14 students and has grown to 800 students across Colorado, Utah, and Oregon. Funding from Wingstop Charities helped give students with financial need access to hands-on learning, engagement with industry experts, and opportunities for certifications.

Wingstop Brand Partner Support 

Brand Partners Tye and Julie Olsen have been involved with Falcon Aerolab & The SOAR Foundation for 5 years now. When asked to share their passion behind this organization, Julie said, “This program is extremely unique by providing top-notch instruction in fields of S.T.E.M. This program gives kids a head start in these careers with instruction that rivals our top military schools.” She went on to share that their son began with the program at age 9 and has had the opportunity to build his own remote-controlled airplane and drone, learning valuable mechanical knowledge he can use in almost any situation.