More than 200 LAUSD students enjoyed a sneak peek of LA Fleet Week on August 30 and 31st through a collaboration of the Port of Los Angeles and the Beyond the Bell Branch Office of Outdoor and Environmental Education. For the second year in a row, active duty ships docked in the harbor adjacent to the Battleship Iowa.
Sailors showcased and walked students and teachers through the USS Anchorage (LPD 23). Fire crews demonstrated equipment and allowed students to try on gear. Jonathon Rios, 5th grader from San Miguel ES, mentioned that he never knew that the science of fire mitigation “stuff” would be so interesting.
Children boarded amphibious transport vehicles, visited the rapid response bay (designed to take water in!) and got a look at the ship’s fully equipped hospital. The highlight of their day was boarding the V-22 Osprey aircraft. Students were allowed to sit in the cockpit, walk up the ramp and take a close look at the automatic folding wing system that allows for its unique horizontal take-off. Airman Captain Arthur Simiak explained Bernoulli’s Principle of Flight and Lift to attentive sixth and seventh graders. Fred Clark, 6th grade teacher at Mann Middle School, commented that “these experiences make the abstract real and inspires students to aspire to be greater."