It’s a smart kid’s dream come true. Play with drones, learn cool things, hear a famous astronaut (Col. Tim Kopra) speak, and meet other families like yours. Industry leading drone services company Trumbull Unmanned and their partners are creating a fantastic opportunity for military children – starting with this weekend’s Family Day.
Service First is a unique organization. Co-created and developed by Trumbull and the Kino-Eye Center and sponsored by BP, Microsoft and a variety of Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), Service First is focused on providing STEM learning opportunities for military families. Service First is developing an iterative, multi-year program that combines online coursework, extra-curricular activities, project-based learning, and coaching and mentoring opportunities.
Trumbull’s founder and CEO, Dyan Gibbens, knows all about being a military family. A graduate of the Air Force Academy and an Air Force veteran, she’s justifiably proud of her own service – and started Service First as a way to continue to give back. “Military kids move around a lot,” says Gibbens. “It can be challenging for them to get as involved in school. I really wanted to find a way to focus on meeting the needs of military families.”
Combining drones and STEM education, says Gibbens, is an obvious choice. “As a vehicle for STEM learning, drones might be described as the “chemistry set” of the modern era – allowing students and DIY practitioners an unparalleled opportunity to experiment with ‘maker’ technologies, including 3D printing, coding and hardware design,” says the Service First press release. “Unmanned technologies provide a gateway to a diverse array of engineering disciplines and STEM content areas.”
With this new organization, the founders hope to expand upon good STEM education to include leadership and teamwork skills, with a curriculum developed and delivered by military officers, faculty from prestigious universities, and experienced industry professionals. It’s an idea that provides a real impact in the lives of military children, and a real opportunity to develop of the next generation of leaders.
The Service First program builds on Trumbull’s successful support and development of drone camps held at Rice University.