Alex Foundation launched its Girls in STE+AM Monday, June 28 at Central Community Church, Lake Village Library, and the Rodney Angel Sports Complex in Lake Village. Funded by a grant from Entergy Arkansas, Girls in STE+AM was designed to give teenage girls training in STE+AM. STE+AM is a registered trademark of the Alex Foundation and represents science, technology, engineering, architecture, and math.  

The first day of Girls in STE+AM was packed with information for Janet Solorio of Eudora and Kathy Mondragon of Lake Village. The girls gained knowledge in familiarization and safety, preflight actions, regulations, weather, airspace, public safety, preflight inspections and connection tests, takeoff and landing, stable light, wind direction/speed, obstacles, public protection, throttle management, aircraft perspective, flights around obstacles, control inputs, aircraft directional handling, basic air (wo)manship, teamwork, communications skills, and precision landing. They also received training on 3D printing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s STEM Center.

Brandon Guillot, CEO of the Benton-based Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas was the girls’ instructor. Unmanned Aerial Solutions of Arkansas trains UAS pilots in addition to aerial photography services. 

Guillot has a master of science in aeronautical science in aviation management and aviation safety systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor of science in aviation management from Louisiana Tech University. He holds both private pilot and remote private certificates from FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

He is an accredited airport executive and has spent 13 years in the aviation safety fields at two air carrier airports. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, teaching airport operations and UAS management at the graduate and undergraduate levels. 

Guillot has over 11 years of recreational and commercial UAS experience. He has assisted airports and pilots with developing plans for the safe integration of UAS at the local, regional, and national levels, and serves as a member of the FAA Safety Team.

About the Alex Foundation

Halley-based Alex Foundation’s mission is to engage students to consider careers and entrepreneurial opportunities in architecture, design, and the built environment. 

This mission is achieved through mentoring, strengthening students’ capacity, and supporting their educational attainment. For more information, visit www.alex-foundation.org. 

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