BRIDGEPORT — A month after it agreed to allow Bassick High School students to build an airplane from scratch, city school officials will head to Sikorsky Airport to officially announce its venture with Tango Flight.

The event takes place at 10 a.m., July 21, at Three Wing Aviation at the Stratford-based airport.

A dozen or more students are expected to participate in the project, which will result in the construction of a Vans RV-12iS two-seater.

The project is fully funded and counts on there being a full, in-person school year. If school is canceled or returns to remote learning, the project will be postponed.

When the program was approved unanimously by the school board last month, assurances were sought that the program was safe, fully funded and insured.

“We would be the first in Connecticut,” Schools Superintendent Michael Testani said, adding he jumped at the opportunity. “I thought it would fit nicely with our manufacturing and auto programs at Bassick High School.”

Testani said students will not be flying the completed plane but could ride in it. The plan is to sell it to fund the next kit.

Colin Cooper, named the state’s first chief manufacturing officer by Gov. Ned Lamont last fall, will participate in the event.

Tango Flight officials say Bassick was chosen because of the area’s long historical association with aviation. It was also the school district Commissioner of Education Miguel Cardona recommended when approached by the Texas firm.

Dan Weyant, president and co-founder of the Texas firm, said despite the current uncertainty in the economy, aviation continues to provide high paying jobs and opportunity for the next generation right here in Connecticut.

Tango has worked with eight other cities in the country to help high school students build planes. To date, three planes have been built by a high school in Georgetown, Texas; two in Maize, Kansas.

Besides building a plane, students will learn about aviation and aerospace engineering.

Steve Blume, a veteran teacher at Bassick High School will lead the program with the help of mentors who will assist students in building the aircraft. The program is still looking for skilled pilots and mechanics to volunteer for the program. Ideally they need 15 mentors who can volunteer one or more mornings a week. For more information about being a mentor, contact Joy Karageorge at