MELBOURNE, Fla. (March 16, 2017) – More than 200 students from six Brevard County high schools will participate in “Aerospace STEM Career Day” on Friday, March 31, at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in advance of the 2017 Melbourne Air & Space Show, sponsored by Northrop Grumman.
Presented by the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation, “Aerospace STEM Career Day” will start at 9:30 a.m. and include presentations from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter pilot as well as a panel of Northrop Grumman professionals from a variety of disciplines. STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.
The Brevard County high schools scheduled to participate include Eau Gallie, Bayside, Merritt Island, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Astronaut.
Following lunch, students will view an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter demo flight during practice for the Melbourne Air & Space Show.
“Since 2010, we’ve had numerous high school students attend this event in conjunction with the Melbourne Air & Space Show,” said Dennis Soboleski, Office of Career and Technical Education with the Brevard County Public Schools. “I supervise high school engineering, drafting, technical design, manufacturing and aviation tech programs and students in these programs have an expressed interest in STEM-related careers. The primary purpose of the event is to engage and inspire students into STEM-related careers, not just in aerospace, but any technical field.”
During the April 1-2 show weekend, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter will fly together with a P-51 Mustang showcasing the past and future of Air Force technology.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2017 Melbourne Air & Space Show which will also feature the first U.S. performance in more than 30 years of the French Air Force’s Patrouille de France jet demonstration team.
Civilian performers include the Harrier Jump Jet, T-33, SOCOM Para-Commandos, GEICO Skytypers, Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts, the B-25 Bomber “Panchito” and Kent Pietsch, who will land his airplane on a moving RV.
Additionally, the 17-acre aircraft display ramp will spotlight a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft on static display.
More information is available online at www.AirAndSpaceShow.com. Or, follow the show on Facebook for the latest information.
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