Dogok Elementary School students get hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) during a visit to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – A group of 30 students from Dogok Elementary School in Pyeongtaek had the unique opportunity to delve into the world of meteorology during a recent visit to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys. Through the STEM initiative, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the students gained hands-on experience and learned about the critical role weather technology plays in military operations and everyday life.
Exploring Weather Technology and its Historical Significance
During the visit, Bae Hye-deuk, the chief meteorologist at Humphreys’ 607th Combat Weather Squadron, highlighted the partnership between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea and emphasized the importance of weather technology in military operations. Bae shared a historical anecdote about Admiral Yi Sun-sin, who used unpredictable weather to his advantage during the Battle of Myeongnyang in 1597, leading to a victory over the larger Japanese Navy.
Hands-On Orientation to Weather Equipment
The students had the opportunity to explore the inner workings of the weather station and learn about the various instruments used to analyze weather data and track atmospheric conditions. They were able to ask questions, gain insights into different weather phenomena, and understand the significance of accurate weather forecasting.
The Impact of Weather on Aviation
Following their visit to the weather squadron, the students visited the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, to understand the importance of accurate weather information for pilots. U.S. Army Warrant Officer James Jun explained how weather conditions impact flight safety and aircraft performance. The students were also given a chance to see a CH-47 Chinook helicopter up close and learn about its functionalities.
The Department of Defense STEM Initiative
The STEM initiative, promoted by the Department of Defense, aims to encourage STEM education and careers, strengthening national security, innovation, and allied partnerships. The visit to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys provided the students with a practical understanding of how STEM subjects are applied in real-life military operations.
The STEM visit to U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys offered students from Dogok Elementary School a unique opportunity to explore the world of meteorology and gain hands-on experience in STEM subjects. Through interactions with weather experts and aviation personnel, the students gained insights into the critical role weather technology plays in military operations and everyday life. This visit not only fostered a deeper understanding of STEM subjects but also highlighted the importance of the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance in maintaining peace and security in the region. The Department of Defense’s STEM initiative continues to inspire and educate the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.