STEM to Grow to STEAM under Air Force Partnership Initiative

STEM to Grow to STEAM under Air Force Partnership Initiative

In an initiative aimed at improving recruiting and education in public schools, Air Force installations will send airmen to local schools and host students on base. The effort will help the service compete with industry for new recruits while showing a commitment to local education, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Air Force leaders hope to launch the “flying classroom” this spring, which will provide an opportunity for students to observe training exercises and fly in C-130s. Airmen will begin to visit schools in the fall. The effort will focus on “STEAM” — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — and be rolled out at a number of bases across the nation. An installation’s gates “can be imposing to individuals,” said Col. Chris Karns, director of public affairs for Air Mobility Command. “We want community members to see a place for themselves on the base.”

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