Project SOaR™

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Napalm Explodes behind Cobra Attack Helicopter

Napalm explodes behind a Cobra Attack Helicopter hovering in front of thousands of spectators at an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009. (Photo by WSM)

Maggie, Celebrate Freedom Foundation's Cobra Helicopter

Maggie flies over the tree tops and performs a flyover as thousands below cheer at 2012 Celebrate Freedom Festival in Finlay Park, Columbia, S.C. (Photo by WSM)

U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter

A U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter roars past thousands of spectators attending an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009.  (Photo by WSM)

Black Hawk Helicopter Hovers

As thousands of spectators attending the 2009 Air and Ground Show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base, a Black Hawk Helicopter hovers as the pilot demonstrates the aircraft's maneuverability.  (Photo by WSM)

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Educating children, promoting lasting patriotism and honoring the military — past, present and future


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Project SOaR™  (Student/School Opportunities and Rewards)

“An educational outreach program — focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — that is dedicated to enhancing the performance, success and personal growth of youth.”

  Visit this page to register for the 2015 SOaR™ Aviation Aerospace Science Summer Camp. But hurry! Space is limited!

Photos of 2015 SOaR™ Visits

Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s Project SOaR™ (School/Student Opportunities and Rewards) is an academic outreach program that supports STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in middle and high schools. 

Utilizing subject matter experts, the program stimulates career choices by describing positions in the aviation industry.  These experts emphasize the importance of learning critical skills that students will need, and the importance of staying in school and graduating.  Our nation needs young people, well-trained in STEM subjects, to maintain the United States’ technological advantage.  In fact, this technological advantage is essential to ensuring the health of our nation’s industry and America’s freedom.

Project SOaR™ is based at the Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, S.C., where it maintains a hangar for its aviation assets and a motor pool for its many restored military vehicles (wheel and track) that can be deployed across the state and nation.  Using high industrial technology and U.S. military aviation and transportation resources as a platform, the program incorporates a fast-paced curriculum of hands-on activities, experiments and simulations.

SOaR™ targets students identified as educationally and/or economically “at risk” or unmotivated. Using a $10 million helicopter, presentations are delivered that inspire, stimulate and literally “lift off” a student’s attitude and enthusiasm.  These presentations also help students who perform well in the classroom but are looking for career options and guidance.

The program actively involves students in hands-on, real-world learning experiences that:

  • Changes their perception that the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is difficult and boring

  • Motivates them to become more interested, knowledgeable, and skilled in these content areas

  • Inspires them to become aware of the need to set personal goals to achieve success

  • Instills in them a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance and advantage of working collaboratively with others to solve problems

  • Makes them recognize the importance of remaining in school and graduating

  • Stimulates their interest in the technology, trades and engineering fields that are essential to providing the workforce of the future and

  • Encourages them establish stronger relationships with educators, influencer, community leaders, parents, and policy makers

The Traditional Graduation Photo With Maggie — A tradition has developed since the Celebrate Freedom Foundation’ SOaR™ Aviation Science Summer Camp was established several years ago. Each year, Maggie, CFF’s AH-1F Cobra Helicopter, is flown-in on graduation day. Students graduating from the SOaR™ Summer Camp always like to gather for individual squadron photos and one large group photo in front of Maggie shortly after she arrives for graduation ceremonies.  (Photo by Stuart Morgan)

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