Dec. 15—Once a baggage handler for Southwest Airlines, a local commercial pilot now runs an event that teaches kids to fly high with aviation and aeronautics — and their dreams.

The third annual Taking Flight will take off at the East Valley Institute of Technology Power Road Campus located at 6625 South Power Road, on Saturday, Dec. 17 from noon to 6 p.m.

The event is designed to engage people of all ages about careers in aviation, aeronautics, aerospace, engineering, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, rocketry, and many more science, technology, engineering and math-related fields.

STEM+C will sponsor the event and founder Paul Kaup said the event isn’t just for the handful science-minded kids a teacher has in their classroom.

Kaup said it’s a day meant to give kids who’ve never gotten their hand on the controls of an remote-controlled airplane or seen a model rocket up-close.

“This event is not just for those kids it’s also for the other 30 students in your class,” Kaup…