Lexington High STEM students get visit from Cobra helicopter

Lexington High STEM students talk aviation (Photos Contributed) Click on photos to enlarge

U.S. Army Recruiters from Columbia teamed up with the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, Thursday to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) awareness to more than 2,000 students at Lexington High School.

The event included a fly-in from an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter.

CFF’s conducts an educational outreach program that supports STEM courses in high schools. The program also informs students of the opportunities that are available to them, particularly in the field of aviation.
“Our goal is to stimulate or reinforce student interest in STEM courses by bringing these assets to the school,” said Lt. Col. Robert Garbarino, Commander of the Columbia Army Recruiting Battalion. “Students and educators will see that the Army has a variety of technical jobs in aviation and those that support aviation.

Cobra landing at LHS

During the event, students were given specific reasons why they should stay in school and concentrate on STEM courses. They’ll also learned the importance of college and the value of other educational opportunities, such as technical schools and those provided by the U.S. Military. In addition, Lexington High School students met pilots and instructors, who have succeeded in the aviation and aerospace industry. They also learned about the income they can expect to earn if they work in the aviation and aerospace industry.

“STEM subjects are not just important, they are essential to the success of millions of children who hope for a profitable future,” said Dr. Russell David, CFF’s Aviation/Aerospace Education Director. “We’re living in the Age of Technology, and the Celebrate Freedom Foundation wants to help educators inform students of the importance of STEM courses, so that students will benefit from taking such courses.”

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