On September 15th, Bishop McNamara's Cisco Network and Engineering students and their teachers, Col. (Ret.) George London and Mrs. Angelina Diehlmann '85, along with BMHS Principal Dr. Nigel Traylor and Director of Advancement Ms. Clare Merkle '74, had the privilege to participate in the events at the Joint Base Andrews Air Show: America's Air & Space Expo. Students enjoyed a variety of aerial demonstrations, including performances by the Air Force Thunderbirds, Army Golden Knights and the Air Force F-22 Demonstration Team as well as displays that included an F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-17 Globemaster III, and a NASA Super Guppy – a new addition to the JBA Air Show. They were able to observe the flight characteristic of the various airplanes and discuss these with aircrew members, as well as expert teams representing various engineering, robotics, and communication areas. Some of the experts emphasized to our students that mechanical engineering, specifically, was an important skill needed across service areas.
According to the Joint Base Andrews website, the JBA Air Show is an opportunity to see world-class aircraft fly. But for more than 2,000 students from the mid-Atlantic region, it was a chance to visit and take part in the JBA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math exhibit, featuring more than 20 models, displays and demonstrations. For the first time at an air show, JBA allowed the public to see, firsthand, the importance of STEM in the many advancements the Air Force is able to make, by combining several different science exhibits into one hangar.
"We wanted the public to get a better sense of not only the base's local mission, but also the mission of the Air Force as a whole," said Maj. William Sack, JBA Air Show director. "At this year's air show, we can build a genuine interest in STEM for children by engaging them with the many incredible opportunities that are present."
Our students were delighted to learn that internships are available for high school students with organizations such as NASA, OSI and others. They had the opportunity to talk to people from different prestigious organizations, groups, and universities such as NASA, John Hopkins University, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as ROTC representatives.
The legacy of the Air Force began on Sept. 18, 1947 and since then the Air Force has carried out their core value of excellence in all they do with advancements in air, space and cyberspace technology. The air show gave an opportunity for the community to touch, hear and see firsthand how far the U.S. Air Force has come since its conception.
One Bishop McNamara student was heard saying, "This field trip taught me how things I am currently learning in school can be applied to my daily life and a future career!" The students agreed that the air show by the Thunderbirds was the highlight of the day.
More pictures provided of the day's events below: