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Lexington High School students to learn STEM with Army Helicopter


Lexington, SC - U.S. Army Recruiters from Columbia are teaming up with Celebrate Freedom Foundation (CFF) on Thursday, April 6 to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) assets to more than 2,000 students at Lexington High School. The school is located at 2463 Augusta Highway just west of the town of Lexington, S.C.

The event will start at 8:00 a.m. with the interactive display of the AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter, Lena, and end at 3:00 p.m. There will be a fly-in of AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter, Maggie, at 9:00 a.m., which will fly-out at 1:00 p.m.

CFF's Project SOaR(tm) (Student/School Opportunities and Recruitment) is 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.

Students will be given specific reasons why they should stay in school and concentrate on STEM courses.

They'll also learn the importance of college and value of other educational opportunities, such as technical schools and those provided by the U.S. Military. In addition, Lexington High School students will meet people, including pilots and instructors, who have succeeded in the aviation and aerospace industry. They will also learn 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."

For more information about this event, please contact Leslie Ann Sully at (404) 808-2317 or leslie.a.sully.civ@mail.mil.

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