Kids take off school for a Boeing field trip

By Dean

N. Charleston, SC (WCIV) - Boeing's Dreamliner is still grounded, but Boeing North Charleston is still building planes and planting seeds along the way.

"Our aim is to get you guys to dream and to take our jobs. Grow up take our jobs, let us retire and you guys build planes for the next generation," said Boeing's John Moloney.

It's a homework assignment that could lead to a future in aviation. Students from Charleston Development Academy and Sanders-Clyde Middle school took part in Boeing's DreamLearner program.

It was a chance to see the assembling process from start to finish.

Lennon Davis works on the interior of the plane. He shares his story to inspire. It's how he got into the business.

"My father took me flying. I went to a local airport and they had gliders. I remember it so vividly because I was scared as it gets and as soon as that glider left the ground it all went away. As soon as the plane left the ground I knew aviation was my home," said Davis.

Since the inception of the program, 1,800 students have taken part.

"I've never been on an airplane. I knew it was big but I never seen one in life, so to see it I was like, 'Oh my gosh! This is how big an airplane is,'" said Kayla King, a student at Charleston Development Academy.

From instruction to perfection, the kids were then{} challenged with flight and a paper airplane contest.

Call it baby steps in an industry that can be challenged by setbacks.

As for the lithium ion battery issue plaguing the Dreamliner, no one at Boeing North Charleston was available to talk about it due to the NTSB investigation.