Students see first-hand how STEM learning helps Air Force plan missions

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL (KTVI) - Thursday it was full steam ahead for STEM learning at Scott Air Force Base.

“We get to learn about stuff that people do in the Air Force and it’s a really good learning experience and stuff,” said student Emma Schmierbach.

The air base served as the backdrop for a display in cyber-hacking, drones, and even a security demonstration. The air force showcased how it utilizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in their daily missions.

“It is important for our nation as we find ourselves in an environment where we are forecast to have a deficient in STEM jobs,” said Terrence Adams, Scott AFB Communications Group Commander. “Especially in my career field, which is cyber; that not only the teachers know about it but also the professional organizations know about it.”

More than 300 students from schools across the metro east participated in the event.