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Two Central Washington University Aviation planes rest on the tarmac at Bowers Field in Ellensburg on this undated photo.

The Central Washington University Chapter of Women in Aviation International is hosting a free one-day program for local girls ages 8 to 17 years to inspire the next generation of women in aviation, according to a news release. Girls in Aviation Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 at in Sue Lombard Hall.

Celebrated worldwide, Girls in Aviation Day is now in its fourth year as a global event, and is designed to introduce and educate girls on the career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation and aerospace industry.

Check-in and day-of registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The day includes a welcome, educational displays and activities, lunch and a tour of the Bowers Field Airport.

Participants will learn about STEM hobbies, pilot lingo, parts of an airplane, types of clouds and career opportunities in aviation. Representatives from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, and Central Washington University Aviation Department will guide the educational tables.

There will be a speaker panel featuring representatives from the aviation industry from noon to 1 p.m. while lunch is served. Speaker Terri Carroll will talk about her experience as an aviation mechanic in Ellensburg.

The afternoon will end at the Bowers Field Airport with a tour and presentation. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the airport. Attendees also will be able to earn the WAI Aviation Girl Fun Patch.

Advance registration is recommended as participation is limited to the first 100 girls who sign up. Each family can have one chaperone that is a parent or family member.

Register at https://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/node/3010. Contact Amber.Richardson@cwu.edu for more information.

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