Students showcase year-long STEM research projects at WPAFB

Students showcase year-long STEM research projects at WPAFB (WKEF/WRGT)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (WKEF/WRGT) - Local high school students had the change to show off a year's worth of hard work and research Monday at the Tech Edge facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Thirty students from local STEM schools participated in the event put on by the base.

Donald Minus, a chemist with WPAFB said students' projects covered several fields such as UAVs and robotics. Students had to submit proposals for their projects, which were then reviewed by science professionals at the base. The proposals were then ranked and the base funds the projects that are most feasible, Minus said. He added that funding depends on projects that have the most possibility of increasing the student's knowledge.

The idea behind the program is to encourage STEM related research, "We're just looking to make an impact in to the community and to increase the number of STEM professionals from schools that are in the local area," Minus said.

Minus said the program is growing, this year 14 different projects were funded through three separate schools. He said next year the goal is to increase that number. According to Minus, students who are interested in participating should contact him by email at donald.minus@us.af.mil or Linda Lange llange@utcdayton.com.

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