Space force

US Space Force Lt. Col. Christopher James Evey visits Kanawha Elementary School

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Students and members of the Kanawha Elementary School area received a visit from a senior member of the Space Force.

US Space Force Lt. Col. Christopher James Evey came to speak to children and attendees about his military branch.

Evey spoke at length not only about her department, but also what the branch does as a whole and how her interest in STEAM programs brought her there.

Evey says an assembly like this was a great opportunity to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, art and math programs.

Especially in small areas like the one he is from.

“I grew up in a very small community. I’m from central Illinois, mostly an agricultural area. It does not have a huge industrial base. So I think it’s very special to be able to go to different parts of our country that are maybe similar to that, maybe don’t have that infrastructure in place and say to them, ‘Hey, that’s what is Space Force. Here’s some science on spacecraft – how they work – orbital regimes, space launch, rockets. And bring that knowledge to them and maybe they have an interest in doing that,” says Evey.

The kids also had a chance to participate in STEAM-related activities, watch a rocket launch hosted by a local Boy Scout group, and eat Chick-Fil-A and Kona Ice.

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