HONOLULU – High school students throughout Oahu attended a science, technology, engineering and math exposition at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Sept. 21.
Approximately 140 students from Kapolei High School, Mililani High School, Leilehua High School, Waialua High School, Farrington High School, Kaiser High School and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets viewed Coast Guard boats and helicopters and interacted with Coast Guardsmen from various shore and afloat units.
The STEM program is a collaborative initiative to promote core technological fields and develop future innovators.
“This is a great opportunity to teach students the benefits of science, technology and math,” said Cmdr. Maria Galman, the STEM coordinator for the 14th Coast Guard District. “We enjoy showcasing how the Coast Guard uses science, technology, engineering and math to accomplish our missions. We hope the students will be inspired by it and will consider future jobs in the fields of science and engineering.”
In addition to the STEM expo, the students viewed a search and rescue demonstration performed by a Coast Guard aircrew piloting an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point. A rescue swimmer was deployed from the Dolphin and the crew hoisted him back into the helicopter.
Students were also able to view a 25-foot Response Boat-Small on display during the exposition.