About the Project Leaders


 Paul Kaup

I am a pilot (Captain) for Southwest Airlines.  I am a space, and technology enthusiast. I have over 23000 hours of flight time as a pilot of many different types of airplanes.  

I have been working with 5th graders for the past 8 years in the Spring Grove Elementary School, Richmond Grade School, and Nippersink Middle School through a Southwest Airlines sponsored event called Adopt-A-Pilot.  I have taken the program to a whole new level.  In my first 2 years I became aware of the lack of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, +C) within our kids curriculum.  I included "+C" because I feel creativity is as important as the other 4 areas. I aspire to elevate our students grasp of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  As much as I value those subjects, I also value art and creativity.  Thats why I call my little company STEM+C.  The C stands for creativity.  I think artist, engineers, scientist, musicians, writers, and performers all share the same basic artistic, creative part of our brains.  Each one of those professions uses the creative part of their brain for a different discipline or interest.  The creative part of my brain likes to inspire the next generation through hands on learning projects like "Project Blackbird".  I don't know what form this project with ultimately become....we will let it simply evolve. But the goal of the project is to bring real life project based learning experiences to our kids.  To get them excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

I am married to a perfect wife, with 3 kids of my own (Boy and Girl twins who are 13 and a 11 year old boy).  I worked my way up the ladder at Southwest Airlines where I started with the company back in 1992 as a baggage handler. I am very fortunate to work for Southwest airlines.  My career allows me the time to do these kinds of projects with the kids.  It also affords me the time to try to broaden the scope of this project and reach out as far across America with the intent of giving every kid in the United States the opportunity to take part in these types projects. I was also feature in the April 2013 Spirit Magazine....here is a link to the article. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pace/spirit_201304/#/16

Andrew Goldberg

R/C: 20 years flying experience. AMA since 1993. I have designed, built and flown many types of aircraft including multi-rotors and flying wings. I have taught more than fifty people to fly at the local R/C field. I fly mostly giant scale aerobatic airplanes but I also enjoy aerial photography flying multi-rotor aircraft.

UAS: 1500hrs Flight time. Flew the RQ-7b (Shadow) from AAI Corp. Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan for 1.5yrs. Flew many missions for all branches of the military. Experience as the AO/PO/MC (Aircraft operator / Payload operator / Mission Commander)

Education: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Bachelors of Science / Aeronautical Science

Flying: 10 years flying experience with more than 5000 hours logged 

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