SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) North Island staff members participated in the 68th annual Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Scout Fair April 7 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Center in Chula Vista, California.
The event, sponsored by the BSA San Diego - Imperial Council, highlights leadership and survivability skills, and promotes networking for BSA units. Event organizers increased the emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for this year's fair.
CNATTU North Island volunteers created tri-fold posters displaying several aspects of naval aviation and showcased training components from the H-60 helicopter, providing hands-on learning for more than 3,500 boy and girl scouts from southern California and Mexico.
"We actively look for any chance of participating within the community," said Aviation Electricians Mate 1st Class Christopher Cox, a CNATTU North Island H-60 electrical systems instructor who volunteered at the event. "Being able to showcase what we do in support of Navy aviation to a new generation, who could one day be filling our shoes, is one of the most important things we, as Sailors, can do."
Volunteers manned the command's booth all day, answering questions from scouts about their jobs and the Navy. They demonstrated aircraft carrier operations of the H-60 helicopter blade fold system,the main rotor-head spindle assembly, the Crash Crane functions and arresting gear.
John Shotwell, BSA San Diego - Imperial Council commissioner, said CNATTU North Island participation in the STEM area of the event was appreciated, not only by the school-aged children attending the Scouting Fair, but by the organizers as well.
"The thousands of scouts who came to this event showed tremendous interest in the STEM displays and really liked what the Navy brought to this event," said Shotwell. "We're developing partnerships with local schools which concentrate on STEM, and we plan on inviting them [CNATTU North Island] back next year."
CNATTU North Island is a training unit of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training located at Naval Air Station Pensacola. CNATT develops, delivers, and supports aviation technical training at 28 sites located throughout the continental United States and Japan.
CNATT is a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) an organization designed to advance and sustain Naval Aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is a training center under Naval Education and Training Command (NETC).
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