Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Brycen Daniels of Smiths Grove, KY recently attended Aviation Challenge Mach II at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.
The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
This program is specifically designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. Students learn principles of aviation and put their knowledge to the test in a variety of flight simulators. Taking the role of fighter pilots, Daniels and team ran control systems and scenario based missions as well as trained in water and land survival. At the end of the week, Daniels and crew returned in time to graduate with honors.
Aviation Challenge opened in 1990 in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses fighter pilot training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in barracks designed to resemble military bays.
Brycen and his family said that it was an amazing experience and he plans to go back in the future. He fulfilled some Boy Scout merit badge requirements that will help him towards his Eagle Scout path.
Brycen will be a 7th grade student at ECMS. He is the son of Matt and Lysette Daniels of Chalybeate.