One group at Robins AFB is hoping to turn your child’s time at a STEM camp into a lifelong career.

Author: Katelyn Heck, WMAZ

Updated: 10:59 AM EDT July 2, 2018

Around Central Georgia there are plenty of opportunities for kids to enjoy activities based on science, technology, energy and math (STEM).

One group at Robins Air Force Base is hoping to turn your child’s time at these camps into a lifelong career.

Playing with Legos, building machines and solving puzzles may seem like fun and games for kids, but it could also be an important building block for their futures, at least that was the case for Deidre Griepenburg.

“I was always in science club, I was always on the math team, [and] I always took advantage of going to Mercer for summer camps,” said Griepenburg.

Now, she’s an engineer at Robins AFB working on equipment to keep members of the military safe.

“I’ve worked on chemical, biological protection, oxygen masks, and helmets,” she said.

She says the opportunities at Robins are endless.

“We have 1,600 engineers at Robins AFB that run the gamut,” she said.

It’s the job of people like Griepenburg and Jamie Cook in the Robins Workforce Development Branch to teach students about all those jobs and how important they are to the entire country.

“What we need the most of are electrical engineers. These aircraft are flying computers. The technology keeps improving,” said Cook. “Our adversaries keep improving their technology and we have to stay ahead of the adversaries. We have to know what they’re doing and be able to defeat their intelligence and provide some of our own.”

That might be a lot for these kids to handle right now, but Cook says it’s important for them to get a foundation in science and math so they can one day be part of the Robins team.

“We’re building the next generation of our STEM workforce. We’re investing our time and effort so that in a few years, we can go to those colleges and we’ll be hiring these same students as engineers and technicians,” said Cook.

He’s always looking for new ways to get students interested in STEM, which he says has become easier over the last decade, but also more important too.

For more details on upcoming stem programs, click here.