Discovery World thrills with flight simulator

Posted at 6:59 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 22:53:56-04

At Discovery World, you can find out what it's like to fly and airplane without ever leaving the ground.

It may be one of our earliest dreams – the desire to take flight – soar above the clouds.

The museum unveiled its recently renovated flight simulator with some help from partner Southwest Airlines and the people who pilot aircraft almost every day - professionals who remember what it was like to look up and dream big.

"I can’t believe I get to do this for a living. I can’t believe they’re still paying me for this," Captain Colin Scantlebury says. "The main message that I want to get to kids whether it’s about airplanes or things more generally, is that I just want them to love what they do the way that I love what I do.

Some lucky students started the day by learning about the discipline. Then applying it—folding intricate paper airplanes. The group seemed to soak up the science.

"I think it was amazing that people volunteered to come out here to teach us how to fly and how to make airplanes," student Saushea Reed says.

So instead of some stodgy ribbon cutting – a fly-by – meeting the fundamental goal here– making learning fun.

"The more you start engaging them with STEM, with science, technology, engineering, and math at a young age and giving them some, opening their eyes to some of the possibilities, the better off our community’s going to be the more brighter futures we’re going to help create in Milwaukee," says Joel Brennan, Discovery World President and CEO.

And honestly – it’s as interesting for adults as kids.  A renewed opportunity to experience and appreciate science.