Tangipahoa’s African American heritage center brings second year of flight camp

Building a robotic arm are Dylan James, Tyrus Selders, Christopher Dunn, Aaron Allbritton and James Hing

HAMMOND – -The Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum in Hammond completed the second science, technology, engineering, and math summer camp where area youth learned robotics from engineers, pilots, and scientists.

Dozens of area youth participated in the center’s annual Flight Training Summer Camp program, held throughout the month of June.

“Technology is one the leading factor in creating tomorrow’s workforce,” said Delmas A. Dunn Sr., museum director. “We strive to inspire young people to be scientist and technology leaders by engaging them in mentor-based programs with engineers, like electrical engineer Kristie Landrew, who work for General Electric for 13 years, retired mechanical engineer Lee West, pilot James Johnson, and Lt. Colonel Erin Williams, who retired from the US Army.”

The students were introduced to radio control model airplanes, helicopters, model rockets, electronic components, and circuit designs. They also built a robotic arm.

“The camp was a success and we are making plans for next summer,” said Dunn.