Pathfinders hydraulic engineering kit. Also, a small ready-tofly quadcopter and Raspberry Pi, a computer programming
kit, were added in September.
into next year, add more kits and are currently reviewing several wonderful Montgomery said.
Maj. Gary Dahlke, Florida director of AE, helped
develop the rocketry kit. think most people who are new
to rocketry, when they see for the first time how this works,
they help but be Dahlke said. so many
cases, cadets are captured by the excitement of the program.
rocketry is new to a lot of cadets this is their
first rocketry activity, and seeing themselves and their peers
build something on their own, assemble it for flight and
then watching it fly successfully, is something sure they
will remember throughout their CAP he said.
me, the STEM Kit program is an envelope of seeds
you plant and said Lt. Col. Frank Roldan, the Michigan assistant director of AE, who helped develop the
astronomy kit. give students and cadets the kits and
support them to the best of your ability. Hopefully, one of
these kits is the seed that grows an interest in STEM education in
Dahlke and Roldan are among the CAP volunteers who
have been instrumental in developing the program.
volunteers, working closely with CAP National Headquarters AE staff, helped select all the current Montgomery
said. experience and expertise have been invaluable to
the success of this
Not only do hands-on activities make learning fun,
Vazquez said, but youngsters also learn about cooperation
and working in teams to solve a problem. And the fun
limited to youth.
Of the 160,000 K-12 youth across America who were exposed to
career exploration programs associated with flight simulation,
model and remote-controlled aircraft, robotics, rocketry and
astronomy through STEM (science, technology,
engineering and mathematics) Kit program, 75 percent are
now interested in STEM careers. CAP is leading the way
nationwide in inspiring youth to pursue these
important career fields.
a recent conference, region
commanders split into teams to build a few quadcopter kits
and then competed to see which copter could complete an
obstacle Vazquez said with a smile.
STEM kits expose cadets to different aspects of possible
career fields ensuring that no matter their career interests,
cadets will have a way to explore them. to our
feedback from the thousands of cadets and students who
have participated in our STEM Kit program, 75 percent of
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