Volunteer Eglin safety engineers advise Antioch 3rd-graders

Engineers for America volunteer Michael Huang

Engineers for America volunteer Michael Huang, right, repairs a damaged wire for Antioch Elementary third-graders Dennis Lin and Josmar Polanco's "robug."

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Twins Jack and Josh Foley just stared at a pile of parts needed to assemble their illuminated robotic arm.

Fortunately, the Antioch Elementary School third-grade gifted and inclusion students had ready and willing advisers.

Engineers for America volunteers, system safety officers Mel Duvall and Michael Huang of the Eglin 96th Test Wing, worked in the boys' classroom Thursday morning.

Like Jack and Josh's teacher, Laura Pink, does for her kids, Huang said his career was inspired by a science teacher who let his students close their texts now and then.

"I had a teacher in high school whose focus wasn't just on books, but on doing demonstrations, too," Huang said.

For Duvall, helping students wasn't unfamiliar territory.

"I have a 4-year-old granddaughter," he said, adding she turns to him for repairs and assembling things. "Pop-Pop can do everything, she thinks."

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