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First Graders at Holy Family School are Future Engineers

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Katelyn Dunbar tries on specially designed augmented reality glasses that turned an ordinary paper with shapes on it into a three dimensional map of the world.
Katelyn Dunbar tries on specially designed augmented reality glasses that turned an ordinary paper with shapes on it into a three dimensional map of the world.
Katelyn Dunbar tries on specially designed augmented reality glasses that turned an ordinary paper with shapes on it into a three dimensional map of the world.

First graders at Holy Family School are future engineers thanks to an engaging and interactive lesson from two Lockheed Martin engineers. The students were introduced to careers in the STEM field and given a first-hand look at how fun science and math are thanks to Mrs. Kerner, a Holy Family School parent, and her colleague Dr. Lewis.

The scientists taught the students about different careers in the engineering field and gave them hands on engineering experiences right in their own classroom. After learning about satellites, the students watched a remote controlled satellite in action on the Space Station and witnessed the launch of an enormous satellite into space. The students were also treated to the experience of a lifetime as they were allowed to each wear specially designed augmented reality glasses that turned an ordinary paper with shapes on it into a three dimensional map of the world. The lesson concluded with a look at space images that came to life on their iPads and could be controlled with the touch of a finger.

After the lesson was over, the students left the classroom excited to pursue careers in math and science, so they could one day change the world. Just before their departure, the two Lockheed Martin engineers gave each First Grader a “Future Engineer” sticker. Many of the students’ “Future Engineer” stickers will come true thanks to this unique experience.