We are beaming with pride! So, we decided to leave pictures out of this page and let the words of our students, parents, and host schools speak for themselves.
"Thank you for instilling confidence, professionalism and creativity in my son. During the oral presentation I was able to see a side of him that I never knew existed as he spoke with confidence and a clear message he enjoyed the program."
"I would like to thank you for creating such a wonderful program for high school students, [my son] loved it! He was engaged by both the hands on learning and the presentations. So much so that he didn’t care about missing out on some fun social events with his friends. Well done! I wish you continued success."
"Every day [my son] got home after the Milestone C, I would ask how it was and he would explain what was done, what was cool, and what was planned for the next day. The usual answer from [my son] in most other programs would just be an 'it was alright' and that’s the end of it."
"Innovative with freedom. Students loved the freedom to create but respected the guidelines. I was also surprised with the self confidence and public speaking that was instilled in my son. It was like listening and watching another boy rather than my own. I was so proud."
"I was really excited to see [my son] take on a leadership role. I am looking forward to the Spring session and I will continue to recommend the program to others that may be interested in STEM. You have my full support!"
"Highlight of [my son's] summer and a new way of teaching the up and coming. Memories that will last a lifetime for our children. [Prospective students/parents], just do it!"
Thank you so much for the lovely and unforgettable experience that our son had this summer! Milestone C was an altogether eye-opening and new experience for our son. He received ground instruction on flying fundamentals and aerodynamics and used the flight simulator as a fun training opportunity. He was able to speak with professionals about the differences between engineering disciples, which helped clarify which courses he should take to be where he wants to be in the future. The value of Milestone C can neither be measured nor easily quantified, and it is absolutely worth the tuition. Thank you for a summer full of growth and fun for our son!"
"Milestone C was very engaging and fascinating. This experience made [my daughter] want to learn more, specifically in the areas of engineering and aviation. Thanks to this program, her horizons have been expanded!"
"An investment into my child's future! Thanks to this program [my daughter] not only gained hands-on experience, but also learned valuable life skills such as leadership, communication, and exploration of different fields. This experience taught her that there are many skills that can be applicable in various ways in a multitude of careers, which is an invaluable tool in life."
"A co-piloted glide though aerospace sciences touching down in physics, biology, engineering, and teamwork. My son was sad when it was over. As a parent and teacher, I believe programs like this are more engaging and useful than many of the standard subjects. Students should have these non-traditional choices which can jump-start learners with different skills and interests. I teach a trade and I know there are many kids that are surprised to find out how good and how interesting a subject can be that is not offered everywhere. Not being a boxed in classroom subject, teenagers sometimes really flourish and a course like this can change their lives."
"I am so grateful to you for giving my son the chance to participate in your summer camp. I saw a side of him I never knew existed."
"Milestone C is not just an engineering and aviation program, it is much more than that. It's setup to inspire young individuals. In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical about engineering careers, but now I am looking into the engineering aspect of healthcare. Thank you for thinking that I have a lot of potential in this career. I am going to have to rewrite my life plan, and this time include biomedical engineering. :-) Thank you is not enough!"
"I never thought a summer program could be so much fun, and I honestly learned a lot and loved it! I just found it very interesting to see all of the different engineering careers. I especially liked the guest speaker presentation on genetic sequencing. I love biology and thought it was fascinating! Milestone C is a program that teaches the wonders of science, engineering, and aerospace!"
"I honestly loved this program. It has definitely helped me and has the potential of helping many others. It's fun and engaging, you meet lots of great people and learn useful skills that you WILL use in real life, in addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience. Even the lectures are miles better and more interesting than any I've had in school before."
"My favorite part was everything! There was not a moment during this camp when I was bored. You learn about planes and aerospace by hearing from guest speakers, flying simulators, and building drones."
"The best way to spend your summer! My favorite part was learning how to solder and building drones."
"What a great way to gain group skills and knowledge of aviation and engineering! When [a guest speaker] spoke about her job in biomedical engineering, I found it very interesting. I would like to work in that field!"
"Choosing a specific part of the program as my favorite is not possible for me. From the science behind flight to the leadership & team-building simulation, to creating drones from nothing and flying them, I loved all of it! Milestone C is a great hands-on experience for those who have an interest in engineering and flight. It is also a great way to experience engineering and see what fields would be best for our futures. Also, great instructors! You guys really nailed it with this program. I really appreciate everything you have done for me and hope to be a part of the program in the future."
"A program to expand your intellectual boundaries, and a learning experience for all. Thank you for keeping the program different, challenging, and interesting."
"A cool and great program about the physics and dynamics of airplanes. They also teach you how to build, program and fly drones. Loved it!"
"Learning why planes fly, building drones... Great overall experience!"
"Lots of fun, really hands-on, and you get to learn how to fly a plane on a simulator plus how to fly a drone! I hope to see you guys again."
"A fun and great learning experience about aviation, engineering, and much more!"
"Being able to see our drone evolve was the best part. Milestone C is a place where you can make friends fast, and have fun while working!"
"All the hands-on parts were my favorite. It was fun, best summer activity for two weeks!"
HOST SCHOOL FEEDBACK
“Milestone C has provided our students an experience unlike any other they could encounter in a typical classroom setting. The program has allowed our students to gain exposure to real world professional skills and experiences. They have increased their knowledge, communication skills and confidence. This program provides our students a valuable stepping stone in their future career plan.”
Kathleen Riddle, Curriculum Leader, Shelton Public Schools
"Milestone C is an excellent experience for our students. It is collaborative problem-solving of real problems that engage the boys. They love the program!!"
Katie Saxon, VP of Academic Affairs, Notre Dame HS West Haven
"As a science teacher, I was very impressed with Milestone C. I was inspired by the amount of growth I saw in each of the students, and I am confident that the skills these students learned will be valuable in their future education and careers. I encourage every student who has an interest in engineering or aviation to sign up for the program!"
Liz Snape, Science Dept. Chair, Notre Dame HS West Haven