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A Lesson In Aviation and Technology

8 Nov 2011, 17:07 UTC
A Lesson In Aviation and Technology
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By Stephanie Roth Posted: October 20, 2011 Scores of volunteers from the FAA, various DOT modes and the military, organized and ran the 5th annual Garrett A. Morgan showcase that attracted more than 500 students from 11 schools in the Washington, D.C. metro area on Oct.4. The event was held in conjunction with the Air Traffic Controllers Association (ATCA) national conference in the nation’s capital. FAA Garrett Morgan volunteers Cyril Shepherd (left in red shirt) and Denise Davis (in red shirt) with students from Bates Middle School, Annapolis, MD, and a talking robot from Lockheed Martin that helps control air traffic and build space shuttles. According to the students, the robot was very funny and entertaining. (All Photos Courtesy of FAA.) “It's our privilege to invite local private and public schools, work with teachers, develop a hands on ‘youth day,’ and get invited back year after year by the ATCA team,” said Dr. Belinda Bender, who was among some 100 FAA volunteers who participated in the event. The DOT program is named after Morgan, an African American who invented the traffic signal. The event highlighted science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. “This was the best field trip ever,” said ...

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