Model air traffic control tower opens in Salt Lake’s Junior Achievement City

Officials from Hill Air Force Base helped open a model air traffic control tower Tuesday in Salt Lake’s Junior Achievement City. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Officials from Hill Air Force Base helped open a model air traffic control tower Tuesday in Salt Lake’s Junior Achievement City.

The tower is part of an interactive learning environment where students participate in real-life careers in business, government, utilities, and now, the United States Air Force, a press release said.

More than 16,000 fifth graders visit the Junior Achievement City every year and HAFB’s STEM Outreach Program adds to curriculum focused on science, technology engineering and mathematics.

“We really wanted to create something that promoted STEM careers and also represented the strong connection between Hill Air Force Base and the community,” said Alison Sturgeon, manager of the HAVB STEM outreach program, in a prepared statement.

While the model air traffic control tower is a visual representation of HAFB, the students get a chance to experience what it's like to work as computer scientists and pilots.

“Aircraft don’t fly without pilots and software. At Hill Air Force Base alone we hire nearly 200 engineers and computer scientists each year,” Sturgeon stated in a news release. “Getting students interested in STEM careers early is very important and we are excited to have this tower be a part of JA City.”

The city is run by Junior Achievement of Utah and is in the Gateway Mall near the Clark Planetarium at 444 W. 100 South.

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