CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – About 30 students from Mosan Elementary School in Pyeongtaek were treated to a hands-on educational opportunity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – better known as STEM – at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Oct. 26.
The visit gave students a behind-the-scenes look at the world of meteorology hosted by the 607th Combat Weather Squadron, U.S. Air Force, at Desiderio Army Airfield on USAG Humphreys.
Bae Hye-deuk, the weather squadron’s chief meteorologist at Humphreys, talked about the partnership between the U.S. and Republic of Korea and highlighted the critical role weather technology plays in military operations and day-to-day life for both Korean and U.S. forces.
Kim Ji-yoon, teacher at Mosan Elementary and coordinator of the event, hopes that STEM opportunities such as this will ignite a lifelong passion for science for her students.
“I really liked this brief from the meteorologist and since he was able to convey the information in Korean it was much better for the students to understand,” said Kim. “This experience allowed them to see the practical applications of STEM fields.”
The students saw firsthand the inner workings of the weather station and the weather instruments used to analyze weather data and track atmospheric conditions. The students were able to ask questions, learn about different weather phenomena, and understand the importance of accurate weather forecasting.
Following the weather squadron, the students visited the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, to learn why accurate weather information is vital for a pilot’s decision-making.
U.S. Army Warrant Officer James Jun, 3rd Battalion, 2nd CAB, 2nd Infantry Division, talked about how weather impacts flight safety and aircraft performance for pilots during a tour of the 2nd CAB hangar. Then he gave the students a chance to see a CH-47 Chinook and learn how the cargo helicopter works.
The Department of Defense STEM initiative promotes STEM education and careers, strengthening national security, innovation, and allied partnerships.
U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys is the “Army’s Home in Korea” and is located along the western coast of South Korea within the seaport city of Pyeongtaek, approximately 40 miles south of Seoul. Camp Humphreys is the headquarters for the Eighth U.S. Army, the Second Infantry Division, the Army’s most active airfield in the Pacific, and the hub of U.S. Forces Korea.
|Date Posted:||10.26.2023 19:48|
|Location:||CAMP HUMPHREYS, 41, KR|
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