Flying Faith

Asim Momim got the last laugh. At the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, his friends snickered when he told them his high school aerospace engineering class would build an airplane. Sarcastically they asked for a ride. But one afternoon in late May, Momim and his classmates from Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas, were the ones laughing, and cheering, as they watched their two-seater experimental aircraft, dubbed Elder One, take flight.

Flying, like faith, requires confidence in what cannot be seen. That was perhaps the most important lesson the students learned through the Eagle's Nest Projects (ENP), the only program of its kind in the nation to teach high school students the principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) while building, and eventually learning to pilot, a Van’s Aircraft RV-12.

The program was designed to teach students faith in an idea and faith in themselves. Along the way, founder Bob Kelly learned the lessons also had the capacity to teach faith in God.

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