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Kids with a passion for aviation had the chance to take to the skies.

At the Middle Georgia State University campus in Eastman, 45 kids finished their three-day "Sky Camp," where they had the chance to let their imagination soar.

Over three days, they learned all about aviation.

"They show us, like, the four forces: lift, air, thrust, and weight," says Jayci Daniels, a second year camper.

"I get to learn about how the airplane works," notes Joseph Cantella, who came to Sky Camp for the first time.

"I always thought pedals were the gas and brake, but in an airplane, the pedals are for left and right!"

Throwing out terms like "aerodynamics," these middle-schoolers were learning about big concepts, while having a lot of fun.

One of the big hits was the chance to step into a flight simulator. This is the same technology pilots use in their training.

Campers do not just learn about planes, they get to help fly them.

"They give you more of the control of the airplane. Like, they let you steer it and go up and down," says Luke Tompkins, a fellow camper. "My first year I was kind of nervous but now, I just go with the flow."

Organizer Michael Newton, chief helicopter pilot at Middle Georgia State, says he wanted to make the camp interactive.

He assures the pilot is in control, but allows the experience to be as hands on as possible.

"For a lot of these kids, aviation a lot of times seems extremely far out of reach," he says. "This gives the opportunity to say if you want to pursue a career in aviation, it's easily attainable."

Third year campers, get the chance to take a spin in a helicopter--a goal that many campers look forward to reaching.

"I would love to be a helicopter driver," says 11-year-old Seth Payne, "Just because I'd like the thrill."

His favorite part of the camp he says, though, is out of this world.

"Building rockets and learning about them!"

All of the kids got to make their own rocket and send it sky high.

Sky Camp give these students the chance to earn their wings.

"Definitely. I'm coming back next year," smiles Tompkins.

The camp is for ages 10 to 14.

The cost is $100 per student, but fund raisers help some students attend.

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