During the month of September, the 38th Annual Space Challenge—a program organized by the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)—culminated in an event that brought together 2,200 South Korean students for final challenge rounds and activities. The Challenge began in 1979, and has evolved over the years to engage and build interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and careers among elementary through high school students.
This year, between April and July, 8,000 students took part in the prestigious aerospace and science program via 15 tournaments nationwide. Those tournaments led up to the finals held Sept. 10, at the ROKAF Academy in Cheongju-shi, Chungcheongbuk-do, Republic of Korea. During the event, student finalists had an opportunity to try their hand at flying UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), robotics, VR (virtual reality), and test flight simulation.
“We’re excited to be able to support this incredibly rewarding and innovative event,” said Dong C. Ha, corporate director, business development, Northrop Grumman Korea. “It provides students with an engaging, hands-on opportunity to really see how STEM impacts us globally and in our everyday lives. And, it’s a powerful testament to ROKAF’s ongoing commitment to STEM education.”