The Arthur A. Richards Junior High School, Pre-Career Department, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Industrial Technology eighth grade class held its Drone for Education Expo on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
Invited guest speakers gave informational presentations on the use of drones to improve productivity in their respective industries. St. Croix District Director of Agriculture presented on her use of a drone for aerial shots of her crops. Carl Greene, an electronics tester and diagnostics service technician and Larry Lewis, a wedding photographer and videographer, also shared their personal experiences on how the use of drones have assisted in their careers.
In addition, some students of the Pre-Career Vocational Department were dressed in their prospective career wear as they too made presentations on the use of drone technology. Some of the student participants were Safia Marin, J’Nyah Charles, Akyel Prince, Jurmayne Joseph, Alex Joseph, Amarjahan Joseph-De Cambra and Rashawn Philip.
Genesis Perez, R’Daejah Milligan, Eliani Osorio and Amarjahan Joseph- De Cambra of Mrs. Cicely Ferguson’s science class also gave a detailed presentation on their construction of a sea drone.
Pre-Career Department Head Mrs. Wendy-Ann Parris thanked the coordinator of the event, Mr. Prince, Industrial Technology NCCER master trainer and teacher. Mrs. Parris praised the faculty of the Pre-Career Department of Arthur Richards. “The teachers of the Pre-Career Department are of high caliber and continuously maximize their creative powers while instructing the students of AARJHS,” said Prince.
Faculty members of the Pre-Career Department are Etta-Lee Mitchell, Business; William Peter, Agriculture; Annette Gordon, Family and Consumer Science; Meredith Prince, Industrial Technology; and Wendy-Ann Parris, Technology Intervention.
Principal Kent Moorehead was elated and shared many inspiring words to the students and all AARJHS faculty alike. Also present were STX District Coordinators Joanne Murphy, Dr. Everett Ryan and Dr. Carla Bastian.