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is there are a lot of different career fields out there that utilize STEM disciplines,” said Ryan. “You don’t have to be super smart to do them, you just have to be dedicated to that particular field of study. If you can do that, you can be successful and the world can be your oyster.” Display booths were set up at Patriot Park, where kids could view and interact with displays while learning about different career fields based on STEM disciplines within the Air Force. Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol had a booth at STEM Day. Cadets study leadership, aerospace, fitness and character development. CAP cadets can also earn college scholarships in science and aeronautics. At their booth, the cadets demonstrated skills in toy rocket assembly, and how a hydraulic actuation system works. Cadets also worked with students in an experiment to simulate the effects of aerospace dynamics in aviation. The 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit presented two types of remote controlled disposal robots and their capabilities. Tech. Sgt. Kyle Massengale, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, explosive ordnance disposal unit, stressed how essential technology is a critial element to the success of their jobs and how robots take the risks that humans no longer have to. “We use the robots to look at packages; sometimes to even tear them open or to just tear the package apart,” said Massengale. “Since we don’t physically need to be near the robot, there’s no physical danger to personnel. We can operate the robot remotely from up to a mile away,” Among the presentations and displays at the park, the middle school students were able to exchange ideas and pose questions to mentors from STEM career fields. After, they were given a tour of the Peterson Air and Space Museum. While there, students learned about vintage aircraft and space technology. They were also able to see how past technology differs from the technology of today.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Cameron Hunt)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Cameron Hunt)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Tech. Sgt. Kyle Massengale, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, explosive ordinance disposal unit, explains the operation of the bomb disposal robot to STEM Day participants at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 9, 2018. STEM Day is dedicated to the education of the disciplines based in science, technology, engineering and math.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Gus Freyer, 21st Space Wing commander museum guide explains how an aircraft pilot’s G-suite functions to middle school students at Peterson STEM Day, May 9, 2018. The purpose of STEM Day, held at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is to educate youth on science, technology, engineering and math opportunities the Air Force and Air Force Space Command has to offer.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Cameron Hunt)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Local middle school students arrive at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to participate in the Peterson STEM Day, May 9, 2018. The purpose of STEM Day is to expose local youth to science, technology, engineering and math opportunities the Air Force has to offer.

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