Looking to awaken students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation gave them a hands-on day of playing with robots and trying on flight gear.
The seventh annual Fly-In Movie and Family Night was Friday evening at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.
Children and their families were encouraged to wander the jet and helicopter exhibits and visit seven stations that introduced them to a number of military and engineering aspects.
The stations included aerodynamics, engineering, meteorology/weather, an ejection seats, flight crew gear, the Cherry Point Explosive Ordnance team and aviation physiology.
Also, the Pedro helicopter was open for touring.
The EOD featured a pair of bomb squad robots that children were able to try their hands at driving. Marines also set up flight gear that visitors could try on, then have their picture taken beside an old fighter jet on the grounds.
Inside were booths where children could try out experiments in aerodynamics and aviation physiology. The could also watch a 3-D printer at work.
Food and prizes were available throughout the day and the evening wrapped up with a showing of Disney’s “Moana.”
Flight toys such as whirligigs and gliders were handed out as well.
Amanda Ohlensehlen, economic development coordinator for Havelock and part of the aviation foundation, said the event is part of an effort to develop interest in the sciences.
“Hopefully kids will see something here,” she said. “We want to get them excited about these subjects.”