WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Twenty students from Proctor High School, Utica, New York, participated in hands-on activities at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate in Rome, New York March 3 as part of National Week of the Labs initiative.
The Information Directorate’s Educational Outreach Office and the Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with the invited students, took part in activities including Cryptography, the Anechoic Chamber, and Visualization/Optical Illusions.
The initiative is designed to bring together scientists, engineers, and lab workers to engage students, especially those in underserved communities, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related activities.
Jeff DeMatteis, the Information Directorate’s STEM Outreach coordinator, is always enthusiastic on showing young students what is within their reach and right in their backyard.
“It is vital that the emerging generation sees the cutting edge technology that is going on in our national labs. For one, they get to see the awesome technical jobs that are right here in the backyard. Second, hopefully, the technology we are showing them today will inspire them to think about and one day develop the technology that we will be using the in future”
The Air Force Research Laboratory is a component of Air Force Materiel Command. Rome Research Site is home to the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, where research activities are conducted in support of various Air Force mission objectives. The directorate employs 793 government and military and 423 contractors, with over $1.2 billion in FY16 funding.
Caption for photo: Sigmund Grudzinski, an engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate in Rome, New York, explains the Anechoic Chamber to students during Lab Week. The chamber is a room designed to completely absorb reflections of electromagnetic waves. A secondary effect is the absorption of sound waves. It is also insulated from exterior sources of noise. (Courtesy photo)