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Aviano middle schooler goes to space camp
Drew Gable, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Gable, 31st Operations Support Squadron commander, and Mandi Gable, Department of Defense school tutor, will be one of 17 participants to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Robotics Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Drew was selected out 250 applicants to attend the 5-night program that will offer young engineers the opportunity to work in teams and explore real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Lotz)
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One of 17 rockets to robotics space camp

Posted 6/23/2014   Updated 6/23/2014 Email story   Print story

    


by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs


6/23/2014 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- On June 26, one of Aviano Air Base middle schools' very own will be one of 17 participants to attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Robotics Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

Twelve-year-old Drew Gable, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Gable, 31st Operations Support Squadron commander, and Mandi Gable, Department of Defense school tutor, was selected out of 250 applicants to attend the academy.

"Drew is curious about everything and is constantly absorbing information like a sponge," said Mandi. "He treats life like a puzzle and just wants to figure out how the world works."

The 5-night program offers young engineers the opportunity to work in teams and explore real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math.

Drew submitted for the contest back in March through the help of a yearly scholarship program offered by the Air Force Personnel Center.

"This camp will help me get better with math and technology and I know that will help me in school," said Drew. "Further into the future, I plan to use this experience to enhance the world's technology and make things safer and better, such as space travel and transportation here on Earth."

Drew's natural talent for engineering grew even more after he decided to join the robotics club at his school, which was advertised over the announcements one day. A few months later, he designed a robot that can automatically grade tests, much like the test-scoring machines used in schools.

"My big goal is to become exceptional in robotics," Drew explained. "I hope that with this camp this year, I can ultimately join the robotics team at the high school, even though I'm only a 7th grader."

Looking to the future, Drew claims that if he doesn't follow in his dad's footsteps and "cross into the blue," he wants to become a robotics engineer.

"Drew is growing and maturing so fast, but still maintains some childhood innocence," said Lt. Col. Gable. "He knocked our socks off by setting such a high goal and then achieving it so quickly."

On top of being awarded the opportunity to go to space camp, Drew was also recognized to participate in a Junior Leadership Seminar hosted by the Department of Defense Education Activity Europe, and won male 6th grader of the year at his school.

"I think next, I'm just going to move on in life and see how it goes," Drew laughed. "I'm going to continue to give myself a task and try to figure out a way to get it done quickly and efficiently using robots."

For other upcoming scholarship opportunities, individuals can contact the Aviano Youth Programs at 632-7575.



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6/24/2014 6:10:35 AM ET
Mr. Scharff and I do hope that Drew seriously considers becoming a MATHLETE in the next school year. To be a member of the Aviano MATHCOUNTS team will truly be another incredible experience on which to build his future
Linda Scharff, Virginia
 
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