Milestone C training takes place in a hands-on laboratory environment to facilitate internship experiences, minimizing standard classroom-style lectures. Centered around a design project emulating real-world engineering development programs, our curriculum components are listed on the diagram to the right and detailed below.
Our program was created by leaders at Fortune 500 aerospace corporations and veteran military aviators as a streamlined yet high-impact approach to cultivating future leaders in STEM fields. Much like a workout routine targeting multiple muscle groups, this high-impact curriculum takes a multi-disciplinary approach to developing key skills that we call the Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO):
- Professional Conduct & Confidence
- Effective Leadership & Teamwork
- Communication & Conflict Resolution
- Public Speaking & Formal Presentation
- Analytical Thinking & Task Management
- Situational Awareness & Decision Making
The Milestone C curriculum combines hands-on training blocks and is continually evaluated through student, parent, and teacher feedback to make sure we are staying true to our core principles:
- Be a laboratory, not a classroom
- Instill confidence in our students
- Keep it fun and exciting
If a student misses a session, there will be make-up opportunities by participating in another session, watching a video of the missed session, or through one-on-one tutoring with Milestone C staff.
Milestone C curriculum was developed specifically with the intent that no prerequisite student knowledge or prior experience is required. We use analogy-based instruction and hands-on activities to facilitate student learning.
Leadership and Team-Building Simulations
We are excited to offer our students the streamlined version of Pedro-X, a professional leadership and team-building simulation used by corporate giants such as General Electric (GE) and Bigelow Tea to train executive teams. Please watch the official Pedro-X video and Bigelow Tea company’s endorsement below.
Engineering Design Project
The class will be assigned top-level "customer" requirements to design and build a drone from scratch. They will work in 3 teams: design (engineering), programs (management), and operations (aviation). The project will span the program duration and emulate industry standard engineering processes. Students will gain hands-on experience working in cross-functional teams as they write and analyze requirements; conduct preliminary and critical design; present at major design reviews; and, finally, test their completed product. Students will rotate between teams to ensure comprehensive training on all design aspects.
Flight Simulator Training
Students will receive ground instruction on flying fundamentals and basic aerodynamics followed by hands-on training on Milestone C's advanced flight simulator. Simulator training will focus on coordinated maneuvers, navigation, energy management, multi-tasking, prioritization, situational awareness, and risk management. Students will participate in all aspects of the engineering design project as the aviation team, contributing the “operator's input” to design and conducting test pilot duties flying the drones.
Distinguished Guest Speakers
There will be 3 to 6 guest speaker presentations throughout the program ranging from senior engineers, managers, and professors to veteran airline, military, and test pilots. Q&A sessions will be held after each presentation. Students will also be given opportunities to send additional questions to the speakers throughout the duration of the program.
College and Career Mentorship
Milestone C curriculum includes an overview of various technical college majors and their typical flow into specific career tracks. The objective is to help students put into perspective how their current interests and aptitude can be translated into a college education and career. Emphasis will be on the differences between engineering disciplines, how college majors map to various career tracks, and how diverse sets of skills and experiences can be equally competent for the same position within the same organization.
Students will receive necessary lectures in basic flight dynamics, system engineering principles, and management concepts to facilitate execution of the curriculum components outlined above. We will maximize interactive training and minimize lectures as much as possible. Detailed syllabus and courseware can be presented to parents and teachers upon request.
While parents and teachers are always welcome and encouraged to attend our sessions, Milestone C will host a dedicated Family Day during the testing and final presentation of the Engineering Design Project.