CAP participates in Miami-Dade 2018 SECME Bottle Rocket Seminar
Miami, Fla. – In accepting the invitation from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Group 7 HQ Aerospace Education Officer lead a team to attend, participate in, and present at the School District’s 2018 SECME (formerly, the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering ) Water Bottle Rocket Seminar at the American High School in the Country Club of Miami on Saturday, 17 November 2018. Approximately 250 teachers, parents, and students from public and private elementary, middle and high schools in the District attended the seminar.
During the morning session, which focused on the theoretical principles of rocketry, Group 7 AEO Lt Col Bonnie Hinck Baldatti, Opa-Locka AEO Capt Roberto Rodriguez, and Aerospace Education Member (AEM) Dr. Rosanna Chiarella delivered short presentations on CAP ’s model rocketry and STEM programs.
In the afternoon, the students enthusiastically built and launched of their bottle rockets in preparation for the county-wide competition at the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) exposition scheduled for Saturday, 26 January 2019 at the Miami-Dade College, North Campus. That event, for which CAP has committed to providing judges, is expected to draw a crowd of over 20,000 attendees.
Joining the CAP presenters at the CAP recruiting booth for the remainder of the seminar were Lt Col Mario Baldatti, Major Kevin Simon, and Lt Col Trevor Stewart.
Lt Col Trevor H Stewart, CAP
FLWG Group 7 Public Affairs Officer
Group 7 supports 2018 Wings Over Homestead Airshow
Homestead, Fla. – Over the two days of November 3 and 4, 2018, Civil Air Patrol members from the Group 7 squadrons; Opa-Locka Cadet, Tamiami Composite, Miami Senior, Homestead ARB Cadet, Key West Cadet, and Miami Springs Optimist Cadet; as well as staffers from Group 7 and Florida Wing headquarters, joined the 482nd Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserves and other organizations in supporting the fifth Wings over Homestead Air Show. Over the two days, an estimated 150,000 individuals attended the event.
Under the guidance of Project Officer, Lt Col Emily Mathews of the Homestead ARB Cadet unit, ten seniors and 25 cadets were assigned to five different stations to assure public safety and protection of the static aircraft displays, including for those for American Airlines, a Marine Sea Stallion helicopter, and Customs and Border Protection.
Also, members manned a recruiting booth from which several squadrons have since reported prospective cadets showing up, with their parents, at squadron meetings with the expressed purpose of learning more about the program and becoming members.
Based on their experiences during the event, member-participants have expressed an overwhelming desire to continue their support of the Wings Over Homestead Airshow when it returns in 2020.
1st Lt Christian Dominguez, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Opa Locka Cadet Squadron