Local Elementary STEM Students Honored

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This past Friday the teams from UAV Experts and Atlanta Hobby were honored to participate in a special award ceremony for Friendship Elementary School located in Buford, GA.

The Aerospace Connections in Education program (ACE) is provided by the Civil Air Patrol to K-6th grade Elementary School students across the nation participating in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Programs (STEM).

The goal of the program to introduce STEM and promote STEM-based careers. The ACE program started back in 2007 and since then more than 140,000 students across 38 states have participated. Last year more than 27,000 students across the country participated in the program.

Brian Johnston, a teacher at Friendship Elementary School, was named the 2017 National ACE Coordinating Educator and the school was selected as the 2017 National ACE School.

10th Annual ACE Event

The Civil Air Patrol, along with Hall County School’s Superintendent Will Schofield, kicked off the 10th Annual ACE event by flying to the school in a CAP airplane. During the multi-pass flyover of Friendship Elementary School, they rocked the plane’s wings to students, while talking to students via a live audio link from the plane.

Civil Air Patrol plane flys over.

The ceremony featured a CAP Presentation of the colors, and music performed by Flowery Branch High School’s Steel Drum Band, “Sheer Panic”, which is the only High School steel drum band in the state.

The UAV Experts, located in Cumming, GA, held a presentation on drones and UAVs. The team brought 4 advanced drone flight systems, along with high-definition VR goggles. The drones were used to capture a portion of the event from above, demonstrating the capabilities of a live video feed from the UAV, while the VR goggles allowed students to experience the flight in first person view.

Cliff Whitney Showing the Kids the images from the UAV in flight

The event also included a “Life Flight Helicopter” landing, which was performed on the ball field, allowing students to learn more about helicopters and its operations.

Dr. Tracie Brack, Principal of Friendship Elementary stated, “We are excited to be the host school for the national ACE Lift-off this year. Our school theme is, ‘We build strong minds and bodies.’ The CAP ACE program helps us achieve that goal with the academic, character and physical fitness components of the program.”

It was a great day filled to inspire students, and our team was proud to be there!


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