MCAS Beaufort --
Local students came together for the Battery Creek Aviation/Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Day which was hosted at Battery Creek High School, April 25.
The Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s Student Opportunity and Rewards Program, along with Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, gave students from Battery Creek High School, Robert Smalls Middle School, Broad River and Joseph S. Shankin Elementary Schools hands-on instructions on aviation and STEM courses.
“We hope to ignite a spark in the minds of the next generation, and show them the true importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the real world,” said Jack Lovelady, the president and chief operations officer of the CFF.
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Marines from the Air Station had on display one of their P-19 firefighting trucks. The Marines also wore their protective gear and demonstrated how their equipment works and the uses for each item. At the end of the event they shot water from the fire truck as the students laughed and screamed in amazement.
Two AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopters were on display for the event. Maggie, the foundation’s functioning Cobra, is painted in Army Special Forces Vietnam era tiger stripe camouflage with shark teeth and eyes on the helicopters nose. Maggie circled above the school before landing at the school’s field. Annie, the inoperable Cobra, is painted black and serves as a static display for students to examine.
“The event will give many students direction and inspiration to find a career,” said Spencer Collins, a 12th grade student at Battery Creek H.S. “It’s great especially for the younger ones, they could see the helicopter and want to fly it or understand how it works. From there anything is possible.”
This event taught students the opportunities that are available to them in various careers, and showed them the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in not only the aviation fields but in various other career paths as well, said Lovelady.