A Blackhawk helicopter and flight crew is scheduled to be part of the Army National Guard Technology and
Engineering Day at Plymouth High School on May 30.
Plymouth High School will be the scene of a special Army National Guard Technology and Engineering Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.
The event ties into the curriculum of the school’s engineering and technical classes, but will be open to all students as well as the general public.
The highlight is expected to be the appearance of a Blackhawk helicopter and flight crew. Other features will include a replica NASCAR, a climbing wall and local wheeled vehicles.
The event, a first of its kind for Plymouth High School, came about after technology education teacher Jake Sherman – himself a member of the Army National Guard from 2001-09 – talked with the local recruiter.
Mr. Sherman hopes the event showcases some of the technical skills that PHS students are learning in their classes. He is particularly eager for engineering students to see the high-tech Blackhawk helicopter.
“It will be exciting for them to see application of some of the skills they’re learning,” he said. “There are many areas that tie in to our curriculum.”
The event also will give students who have an interest in the military a better idea of where they might fit, Mr. Sherman said.
PHS juniors Michael Kuhn and Steven Lesko, who are leaving June 12 for basic training, said they are looking forward to the exhibits.
Both will be trained in light-wheeled vehicle maintenance, and are particularly interested in the military vehicles that will be part of the day’s activities. Both have taken most of the technical education courses offered at Plymouth High School, including engine repair, automotive, welding and woods.
The school will be encouraging students to explore the event during their lunch breaks and study halls, Mr. Sherman said.
He also urged members of the public to attend. “They will see how some of these careers tie in with what we’re teaching,” he said. “They can talk to students and see how what we’re teaching applies to skills they’ll use in a career.”