AIR GROUP ONE, COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE: “RUBBER-ON-THE-ROAD” AT SDSA HIGH TECH FAIR
October 21 & 22 2014
Air Group One, CAF A-STEM participated at the SDSA High Tech Fair October 21-22, 2014, Bing Crosby Hall at Del Mar Fairgrounds. The goal was to show grade 6-12 students the value and diversity of aerospace professions related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) disciplines. In addition to Aerospace/Engineering there were sections for Robotics, Biotech. Clean Tech, Health Tech, Conservation, ICT, with their own front-runner groups.
Organizers San Diego Science Alliance (SDSA) report the count for Tues. night is 1,000 parents and students, and 3,200 for Wednesday grades 6-12 student bus loads from all over the County. No, of course we were not able to address them all, but we were ALWAYS busy with an audience. And at least 90% passed and admired the AG-1 booth in the Aerospace/Engineering section.
AG-1 A-STEM Marketing expert Rich Kenney and retired USMC fighter pilot Leo Melendez monitored progress as students tried their hand at flying a simulator “Blue Angels” F/A-18 Hornet.
The AG-1 booth was continuously fully active with 3 simultaneous activities: Flight Simulator Operations, A-STEM-Engineering Powerpoints and discussions, and Aerospace Manufacturing Materials. We displayed a Kitfox airplane generously loaned by the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Many manufactured examples of hi-tech materials were loaned by our major supporter GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, Inc., El Cajon. Other tier one corporations represented in our immediate area were Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics, NARF North Island, United Technology Aerospace Systems, Solar Turbines, SPAWARS, Geocon, and Cubic Corp.
This was a “rubber-on-the-road” outreach to the youth of our community. Although there is a promotional/advertising aspect, the real purpose was to execute a stated AG-1 mission to help with the need for more STEM high-tech U.S. college graduates in the near future. Our program is always in need of qualified volunteers. Contact us at www.ag1caf.org/education or www.aerospacestem.org.