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Engineers lend KSA to boost STEM experience

HAVELOCK, N.C. — Beatrice Ruth-Cooper engineer with Fleet Readiness Center East, watches with others to see how camper Madison's paper cup design will respond after being placed in the wind tunnel at the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation engineering camp at the Havelock Tourist Center July 10.

HAVELOCK, N.C. — Beatrice Ruth-Cooper engineer with Fleet Readiness Center East, watches with others to see how camper Madison's paper cup design will respond after being placed in the wind tunnel at the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation engineering camp at the Havelock Tourist Center July 10.

Jul 12, 2018

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HAVELOCK, N.C. — David Morrow, Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) engineer with Fleet Readiness Center East, distributes tape to campers working on the drop copter challenge at the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation engineering camp at the Havelock Tourist Center July 10.

HAVELOCK, N.C. — David Morrow, Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) engineer with Fleet Readiness Center East, distributes tape ...

HAVELOCK, N.C. — A handful of Fleet Readiness Center East engineers lent their knowledge, skills and abilities to the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation to enhance the summer learning experience for some local students.

Zack Barnard, Beatrice Ruth-Cooper, Daniel Finley and David Morrow participated in science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach during The Sky’s the Limit engineering camp July 9-13 at the Havelock Tourist Center.

The engineers worked alongside a few local teachers and educators, and ECAHF members through the half-day camp that hosted 50 rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from area schools.

“We’ve been working with the FRC East engineers for years. … (The engineers) bring the whole engineering process” to the experience, said Tom Braaten, ECAHF Board chairman. “…We have some very talented engineers, and they work well with the kids.”

Todd Williamson, who teaches a middle school engineering course at Beaufort Middle School, said the engineers enhance the experience for the students, because they are living examples of what’s possible if one continues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses of study.

Braaten said the engineers’ presence was provocative, and stimulated the campers’ critical-thinking abilities.

He said, “the engineers are great at asking them that next question that makes them think about ‘how did they do that.’ And pretty soon (the children) start using that process in everything they do.”

The engineers offered various perspectives on why they participated and habitually take part in such outreach activities. 

“My hope is that children would want to become engineers,” said Ruth-Cooper, aerospace engineer.

Barnard, mechanical engineer, said he hoped his participation inspires an interest in trades and engineering. He also said he realizes everybody doesn’t want to be an engineer, but he hoped that such outreach initiatives would revive a passion for careers in various trades, such as the myriad of jobs performed daily at FRC East.

Daniel Finley, Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) engineer, said it’s like being viewed as a superhero.

“You know how when you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up … and they say an engineer,” he explained. “This is a way of giving back and helping them along that path.”

Braaten said with or without the engineers the camp offering from ECAHF was a go, but the experience without them would have been a lot different for the campers.

“I think the kids would still have fun. I think they wouldn’t have learned as much,” he said. “As amateurs and non-engineers, we would still try to use the engineering process. … We would struggle through it, but we wouldn’t be as good at asking the right questions to get the kids thinking of some of the theories of ‘why this (process or approach) works.’”

The camp is an interactive experience offered by the foundation to heighten science, technology, engineering and mathematics education throughout the local community. Braaten said the experience is an opportunity to reflect on the lessons historic innovators taught through examples of failure and ultimate success.

“The engineers and teachers here are good at having the kids keep stats” to document their progress, to get a more thorough firsthand engagement with the scientific process, said Braaten.

And while the camp was put on with the children’s learning as the focus, the adult participants were pupils in the exchange, as well.

“I think all of us, even the engineers, have said, ‘these kids are pretty creative. They think of things we wouldn’t have,’” said Braaten. “… It’s their creativity and their willingness to try and fail and to try again.”

“Children learn faster and are smarter than what we tend to give them credit,” said David Morrow, SMART engineer, expressing his excitement at the creativity the children demonstrated. “I’m learning even more as I probe them through their own thinking and by not giving them the answers.”

The camp was also an opportunity for engineers and teachers to conduct research toward enhancing course curriculum for the upcoming school year.

“The camp gives the engineers an opportunity to see what’s going on in classroom experiences for students,” said Williamson, “so they can give us feedback on what teaching methods they see that are beneficial to exciting kids and getting them ready to potentially be future engineers.”

The engagement highlighted part of the ECAHF mission in celebrating the evolution of aviation in Coastal Carolina and the essence of the American spirit that has grown from the symbolic partnership of the military and civilian communities that have shaped it. It was also an opportunity to showcase the lessons of the past and highlight Marine and military aviation history.

The ECAHF camp was in partnership with the North Carolina Space Grant, which had a unique opportunity of participating in a downlink with the International Space Station during the camp’s meeting, July 10. The camp site was one of five camps in Langley’s five-state region selected to participate in the event. The campers submitted questions to the NASA Langley Research Center that were asked of European Space Agency Astronaut Alexander Gerst during the live transmission. N.C. Space Grant members also participated by putting the campers through a course of aerospace activity challenges.

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HAVELOCK, N.C. — Beatrice Ruth-Cooper engineer with Fleet Readiness Center East, watches with others to see how camper Madison's paper cup design will respond after being placed in the wind tunnel at the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation engineering camp at the Havelock Tourist Center July 10.

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