STEM Academy Summer Program at Marco Island
Friday, June 30, 2017
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Maj. Corriveau explains the principles of flight to the STEM Academy students at Marco Island.

By Maj. Robert Corriveau and Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary, Marco Island Senior Squadron
Marco Island, Fla.--
An Aviation Day field trip to the Marco Island Executive Airport (MKY) on Monday, June 26, included a visit to Civil Air Patrol's Marco Island Senior Squadron (MICAP). The field trip was part of the STEM Academy summer camp program sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

The event was organized by J. Webb Horton, Assistant Director Community Outreach at the FGCU. Major Bob Corriveau, Commander, Marco Island Senior Sqaudron (MICAP) and Major Marian Motyl-Szary, Public Affairs Officer, welcomed the students to the MICAP hangar. 

At the hangar, Commander Corriveau emphasized the Civil Air Patrol cadet program and what the Marco Squadron does in service for the county, state and country. Maj Corriveau showed the new Cessna 182T NAVIII, explained the principles of flight, and answered questions regarding the plane components and instruments. This was the second year the squadron has participated in the STEM academy summer camp program.

Sixty-five students attended and actively participated in this half-day program, which included of a comprehensive tour of the airport and maintenance facilities.

Horton said, “This program continues to be a very good way of exposing the students to the opportunities in aviation and we are grateful the squadron was able to participate in the event.” 

Other presenters were: Andrew Bennett, MKY Operations Supervisor; Juan and Emma of CFTAR Flight School for a drone demonstration; Philipp Ruwe, flight instructor with CFTAR, explaining the private pilot FAA flight training process; Manzie of MKY to explain the aircraft maintenance challenges; and finally Captain John Decker, American Airlines for an overview of commercial aviation.

Commander Corriveau noted that in spite of the large number of students "all were very attentive and asked many pertinent questions." 

The program ended with pizza in the lounge area of the Marco Island Executive Airport terminal.

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Maj. Corriveau uses the new Cessna aircraft to explain control surfaces to STEM Academy participants. (CAP photo)

STEM Academy summer camp field trip visited several locations at Marco Island Executive Airport. (CAP Photo)

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Reviewed by: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5, Florida Feature
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