Ventura County students take flight TECH Center Experience

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Unread post29 Sep 2016, 01:38

Ventura County students take flight with new TECH Center Experience
28 Sep 2016 NAWCWD Public Affairs

"CAMARILLO, Calif. – Ventura County students have a new tool to spark and develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics: the Test and Evaluation Collaboration Hub, or TECH Center, at the Ventura County Career Education Center in Camarillo, California.

The TECH Center, which opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 27, is one of just three such classrooms in the country and is the first in California. It was established the result of a collaborative effort involving the Ventura County Office of Education, Oxnard Union High School District, the Ventura County Civic Alliance, the Department of Defense and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

“Our vision is to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Dr. David Brown, deputy assistant secretary of defense for developmental testing and evaluation, who spoke during the ceremony....

...The TECH Center creates an immersive learning environment using simulators to focus on aviation test and evaluation scenarios. Students will plan tests, conduct flights, evaluate data and maintain air traffic control all within the confines of the laboratory. The equipment, some of it on loan thanks to educational partnership agreements in place with NAWCWD, will serve students throughout the county....

...One group of students, already participants in the Career Education Center’s aviation programs, got a jump start with program and demonstrated the technology for ceremony attendees.

Even the T&E guy, Brown, got some instruction, courtesy of Ventura College student Hunter Browneller, who walked him and Burr through the classroom’s program, flying a simulated F-35 aircraft from nearby Camarillo Airport...."

Photos: "Hunter Browneller, right, a student from Ventura College acts as the Naval Flight Officer while Trevor Goor from Camarillo High School pilots an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter simulator at the Ventura County TECH (Test and Evaluation Collaboration Hub) Center in Camarillo, Calif. The TECH Center integrates education with Navy aviation test simulators, allowing students to get hands on experience while providing test and evaluation data. (U.S. Navy photo)" ... 32-090.JPG
"Dr. David Brown, deputy assistant secretary of defense, left, and Rich Burr, NAWCWD's director of Threat/Target Systems, right, get a lesson in simulated flight from Ventura College student Hunter Browneller during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Ventura County Career Center's newest classroom, the Test and Evaluation Collaboration Hub (TECH) Center, on Sept. 27. (U.S. Navy photo)"

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