Community outreach through "Day of Industry and Technology"
By Maj. Jermaine Brinson, SMC/GPSW
/ Published June 05, 2008
Los Angeles Air Force Base -- The Space and Missile Systems Center continued its outstanding record of community outreach by supporting "A Day of Industry and Technology" at the African-American Male Achievers Network (A-MAN), Inc. International Science Discovery and Learning Center in Inglewood, California.
A-MAN, Inc. was founded to increase awareness of technical fields and help develop interest among minority students, traditionally underrepresented in science and technology field career paths.
The Day of Industry event is an extension of the Saturday Science Academy (SSA) begun by SMC and A-MAN in 2004. The SSA provides students (elementary through high school) the opportunity to participate in various engineering design projects and competitions, technical seminars, free tutoring, and tours of area engineering companies and colleges. The Day of Industry event which was held on Saturday, April 26th was opened by Col Kenneth Allison, Chief, Concept Development Division SMC/XRD, who stressed the importance of involvement in science and technology both in general and for the future of the Armed Services. Students participated in a variety of workshops, including sustainable engineering and electronic basics, performed activities in the International Space Station module created by the Traveling Space Museum, and participated in a rocket launch competition.
SMC personnel, Lt Col Ivan Thompson, Maj Jermaine Brinson, Maj Rico Jones, Lt Rashim McKinney, and Mr. Dale Sims, participated in the various workshops and activities and conducted hands-on science demonstrations including rudimentary rocket building