I/ITSEC 2018 was themed: “Launching Innovation in Learning: Ready Set Disrupt.” Organized by NTSA, the STEM Pavillion (STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math) offered a great glimpse of what the new generation is capable of. Project after project, students from all over the country presented their work. The presentations we saw were truly eye-opening. High school seniors and juniors displayed an impressive understanding of really complex issues and had found solutions to real world, practical applications.
One project we liked was an analysis of air traffic delay propagation. Another was related at alerting car drivers of the state of traffic lights when in difficult viewing conditions, as when against a bright, low sun behind. We were very impressed with all the participants and with the attendance at the Pavilion. We encourage students to participate in next year’s event by contacting the organizers at NTSA or joining through the STEM-u-lators or Florida’s STEMConnect. More information in the NTSA pamphlet here.
At the Academic level, we also visited Binghamton University’s booth. Binghamton, NY was the cradle of the original Link Simulator, the precursor of all flight training simulators. We asked Mike Testani, the Director of Industrial Outreach at the Watson School of Engineering, to explain the simulation curriculum and specifically the 5-day simulation course they offer at their campus. Here is Mike: