2IBCT engineers teach, mentor and showcase equipment during STEM

| April 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
MILILANI — Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hennig (left) explains the capabilities and purpose of the TALON robot to students and their families while Spc. Jonathan Smith, (right) and Staff Sgt. James Gause (middle), all of Company B, 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, teach the kids how to operate it. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Arteaga Kristen, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hennig (left) explains the capabilities and purpose of the TALON robot to students and their families while Spc. Jonathan Smith, (right) and Staff Sgt. James Gause (middle), all of Company B, 65th BEB, 2nd IBCT, 25th ID, teach the kids how to operate it.


Story and photos by

2nd Lt. Arteaga Kristen
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
MILILANI — When the school bell rings on Friday afternoons, students typically sprint out the door, thrilled to get their weekend started, but for the students of Mililani Middle School, staying a little late on a Friday meant an opportunity to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

On April 7, for the second year in a row, members of the 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Bde. Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, were invited to showcase their equipment to the community.

Spc. Jordan Easley, of Company A, 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, shows a student how to launch the Raven Unmanned Aircraft System. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Arteaga Kristen, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Spc. Jordan Easley, of Company A, 65th BEB, 2nd IBCT, 25th ID, shows a student how to launch the Raven Unmanned Aircraft System.

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This year, the Soldiers of Companies A and B demonstrated the capabilities of the RQ-11 Raven Unmanned Aircraft System and the TALON robot.

“This event is designed to promote interest in afterschool programs such as robotics,” said Jacob Kardash, vice principal and STEM night coordinator. “Our goal is to get the students exposed to these topics, so when they go to high school, they can choose a career path that they’re interested in, and hopefully, by sparking an interest now, they’ll choose more STEM-related paths.”

The 65th Bde. Eng. Bn. was formally partnered with both Mililani Middle School, as well Maili Elementary School on the Waianae Coast.

Soldiers volunteer their personal time to assist school officials with services such as mentoring, tutoring and campus beautification.

Staff Sgt. James Gause, of Company B, 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, explains the controls to one of the students as he practices maneuvering the TALON.

Staff Sgt. James Gause, of Company B, 65th BEB, explains the controls to one of the students as he practices maneuvering the TALON.

The Soldiers of Companies A and B personally designed and created the displays and engaged with the students.

“As a part of the community, here in central Oahu, it’s great to have the chance to interact with the students at Mililani Middle School,” said Lt. Col Heather Levy, commander for 65th Bde. Eng. Bn. “As engineers, we owe the community the chance to show young students some of the excitement that influenced our choices on coming into the military.”

One of the goals for 65th Bde. Eng. Bn. was to show the community and the students a technological side of the military they may not have previously been familiar with.

MILILANI, Hawaii Ð Spc. Jordan Easley, of Company A, 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, talks to students about how to operate the Raven Unmanned Aircraft System.

Spc. Jordan Easley, of Company A, 65th BEB, talks to students about how to operate the Raven Unmanned Aircraft System.

“It’s great for them to see that the Army is more than many people expect,” said Levy.

“As a high school student, I enjoyed my math and science classes,” she recalled. “Engineering taught me the skills to influence the environment to meet my requirements.”

As a seasoned Army engineer officer, Levy has had the opportunity to put her skills to the test by completing tasks such as calculating the required amount of demolitions or identifying the maximum slope of a runway.

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