Goodfellow demonstrates STEM to children

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Goodfellow Air Force Base Airmen demonstrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts during the 13th Annual Region 15 Robotics Competition at Angelo State University, Nov. 7.

“We’re out here to show the kids some of the things we do in the Air Force, and how STEM is involved in our day to day jobs,” said Master Sgt. Robert Mrowiec, 312th Training Squadron course development manager. “We brought our 3D printer, a wind surge generator, and some other toys to demonstrate physics. Medical brought a SimMan, which is capable of simulating a pulse, breathing and CPR. We also brought optics from Public Affairs to demonstrate light theory.”

During the competition, there were two contests, the arena and the inventions. In the arena, students designed and programed a robot to navigate an obstacle course. For inventions, students designed robots to benefit society.

“For example, there are robot nurses and robots that can operate in hazardous areas and rescue people,” said Tracey Terrill, Region 15 Education Service Center education specialist.

According to Terrill, ASU brought in STEM employers so the kids could see the connection with what they were doing to something that could transform into a real life opportunity.

“We emphasize STEM to the children to engage their minds and get them interested,” said Mrowiec. “In the future, they will be the ones to take on our mantle and the role of the doctors, teachers and mathematicians.”