Betz visits Offutt afb
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Betz visits Offutt AFB
Last month, Betz Elementary sixth graders had the opportunity to visit Offutt AFB. The sixth
graders were studying variables and how they can cause different outcomes. Our students
were able to visit several Offutt organizations and apply what they were learning in the
classroom to the daily jobs of these military organizations.
Our students were able to see a Security Forces military working dog
demonstration and learned how the dogs are trained and how they
respond to different situations.
Following the dog demonstration, the students toured an aircraft that
collects atmospheric samples for analysis. This went very well as the students had just
finished their science fair projects and had learned about data collection. After the crew
walked the students through the aircraft and explained the
mission of the aircraft, they got to walk around the outside of
the plane and learn about the different flying surfaces and their
effect on the flight of the plane. Following the tour of the
aircraft the students were able to fly the RC-135 simulator. The
students experienced first-hand how pilots account for the
many different variables that affect flight, while practicing their
responses to changes before getting into the real aircraft.
You can’t learn about the planes and the variables that affect flight
without learning about what to do in case of an emergency. The
students were able to try on different types of helmets, oxygen
mask, get into an inflatable life raft, put on big orange neoprene
survival suits, and even got to taste some survival ration bars.
After learning about the aircraft and survival, the students were able to tour the base control
tower. The students learned that even the tower had a simulator used to help controllers
learn how to safely manage and control aircraft operating in the air and on the ground.
During lunch the students were able to enjoy some much needed warm
weather and have a picnic on the base parade grounds. The students had a
visit from the HAWC (Health and Wellness Center) during their lunch
break. The HAWC discussed the importance of eating healthy and
exercising. At the end of their lunch, the students competed in jump rope
Following lunch the students continued their tour of Offutt AFB
by visiting the base Language Learning Center and the Fire
Department. While visiting the LLC, the students were able to
learn a few phrases in multiple languages. Some of the
languages the kids learned were Russian, Korean, Spanish,
Mandarin, and Tagalog. The students loved hearing and
learning the different languages. I think we even have a few
natural linguist in our classes!
The final stop was the Fire Department. While there the students saw how firemen help keep
the airmen at Offutt AFB safe. The firefighters tend to accidents that happen around the base
and on the runway. Additionally, we learned how the Fire Department identifies and controls
variables that could result in a fire or accident.
During their visit to Offutt AFB, on March 20
, the students were able to apply what they
learned in the classroom. Our students are grateful for the opportunity to tour the base.
Additionally, they were thrilled with the opportunity to share a day of learning and inspiration
with the men and women serving our nation.
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