Students Attend STEM Event At Colonel Bud Day Field
by U.S. Air National Guard Capt. Ramah
November 19, 2019
Students from West High School, jumped off a large yellow school
bus in Sioux City, Iowa to attend a Science Technology Engineering
Math event at Colonel Bud Day Field. They headed into the newly
opened Clinic and Communications building on the 185th Air Refueling
Wing's Base. The 52 students, all freshman from Shelly Nash's
Geophysics class, gathered in the cafeteria where they were met by
Col. Mark Mucky 185th Air Refueling Wing Commander.
September 12, 2019 -
Technical Sgt. David Cooper, a Boom Operator at the 185th
Refueling Wing shows students from West High School Sioux
City Iowa freshman Geophysics Class how the BOSS (Boom
Operator Simulator System) works during a STEM (Science
Technology Engineering Math) event hosted at the 185th Air
Refueling Wing at Colonel Bud Day Field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Ramah
the Department of Education initiative to bridge the gap in youth’s
fluency in the dynamic and ever changing workforce’s need in the
fields of Science Technology Engineering Math.
Department of Education’s Website. “It's more important than ever
that our nation's youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills
to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather
and evaluate evidence to make decisions.”
Col Mark Mucky said, "Thank you for coming out to see our base, STEM
is a big part of what we do in the 185th Air Refueling Wing and we
want to share that with you. It's not for everyone but we invite you
to learn from this experience and apply it to your education."
As the tour kicked off Mrs. Nash explained, "In Geophysics we
learn how to move things from here to there and who does that better
than the U.S. Air Force? In the Geophysics class I like to take the
student out to learn about different places in the community at the
beginning of the year to get them thinking about how it can be
applied in the classroom."
“When you think of how something
is designed or engineered, you test it out, revise and test again
and again to get it right,” said Nash. We want our students to
understand many things in science have a process like this,”
explained Nash as she watched her class during the 3D Printer
Master Sgt. James Thomas, Base Computer
Network Operations, taught the students about a fuel cap issue that
was solved using the 3D printer. “The planes we have are like a
classic car. Some of the parts are not made any more and they can
take a while to order. The fuel cap specifically can take up to two
months to order. We can us the 3D printer to make this cap in 20
hours and it only costs $1 to make,” explained Master Sgt. Thomas.
“The great thing about the Air Force and Department of Defense is
they are looking for ways to do things better,” explained Thomas.
“If you can come up for a way to save them money like this gas cap
cover they will pay you for your idea.”
Mrs. Nash loved
having the students see the 3D modeling in real life, "We have a 3D
printer in our class room and they don’t get to see the application
to real life but having them see that is truly great!”
group of students then went out onto the large hanger floor on base
where they were able to tour the U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker.
They were able to look into the Cockpit and see the size and feel of
the aircraft. One of the Students Melanie Conda, a 9th grade student
at West high school in Sioux City said she had wanted to work on
planes in the Air Force since her grandparents took her out to the
air museum in Colorado. She said, “this is my thing, airplanes
however I was surprised at how large it looked from outside but how
little it was inside."
September 12, 2019 -
Students from West High School Sioux City Iowa Geophysics
Class board a stationary U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker.
They visited they 185th Air Refueling Wing at Colonel Bud
Day Field in Sioux City,
Iowa as part a field trip to see how the U.S. Air Force
incorporates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
into it everyday practices. (U.S. Air National Guard photo
by Capt. Ramah Husidic)
After lunch the group finished the
STEM tour with a visit to the Boom Operator Simulator System. The
“BOSS” is ran by Retired Boom Operator Jay Doran. He said over 200
hours of training is needed to become a boom operator. Tech Sgt.
David Cooper, Boom Operator 185th Air Refueling Wing, showed them
how to navigate the BOSS system, as they laid on the stomach and
used a joy stick to connect to the jet below and refuel it in a
simulated flying scenario.
As they loaded up the bus from
the STEM tour at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, IA and
headed back to West High School students snapped pictures of the
historical planes at the front gate with smiles. This tour made them
aware of an avenue of the workforce that requires STEM skills that
they may have not thought of before.
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