Words by Anna Lee Vaughn | Image by Jenny Lynn Davis
Lupton Jr. High School seventh grader Rebecca Stewart is headed to the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida this summer to attend the A-7 Corsair II Association’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Summer Camp. The A-7 Corsair Association’s mission is to teach the history of the A-7 aircraft, preserve its role in Military Aviation, and ultimately, maintain its legacy.
Rebecca received a scholarship for the camp, for which she was nominated by her grandfather, Navy veteran Daniel McClung. For her scholarship application, Rebecca was asked to write an essay. She chose to write about her idea for a STEM cell phone application for teachers and students. In her essay, she wrote,
“My team and I would create an application where students will use coding to design a playing landscape and aircraft to navigate through STEM-related challenges input by their teacher or selected by the student themselves.” She added that she believes this application would “cut down behavior issues and encourage assignment completion.”
At camp, Rebecca will be aboard the virtual aircraft carrier, USS Ambition CVT-11. She will participate in realistic virtual squadron missions that build critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and real-world problem-solving skills.
Rebecca excels academically as part of Lupton’s Quiz Bowl Team, 4-H Council, and Beta Club. Her talent exceeds the world of STEM, too, as she received awards for drawing and poetry at this year’s State Beta Club convention. Rebecca also has a strong presence outside of the classroom, as loves running and participating in various sports.
But at the end of the day, she is most drawn to the principles of STEM, and looks forward to increasing her knowledge and skillset during camp.
“I am most looking forward to the STEM part of this. I have always loved math, technology, and problem-solving.”
Rebecca’s passion for STEM and her dedication to learning and exploring new possibilities in this field have opened doors of opportunity for her. With her talents and enthusiasm, Rebecca is sure to make a lasting impact in the world of STEM and beyond. WL