Our Mission

Our Mission

1. Expose a diverse mix of youth to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics/careers through aviation, robotics and boating/marine ecology.

2. Improve the relationship between youth and first responders including law enforcement, through a variety of community events

3. Work in partnership with the Beaufort County Health Department and the academic community to educate youth about the importance of fitness, diet and nutrition

4. Develop good life-skills

Curriculum

The IBX STEM curricula are designed by military flight instructors/aviation professionals certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, marine instructors certified by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and science educators with doctoral-level credentials. Our curricula improve the students’ competence in science through direct instruction, hands-on activities, and field-based inquiry.

The NC state curriculum advocates the teaching of science in ways that are fun, engaging, and exciting. Hands-on activities, experiments, field trips, and project-based learning appeal strongly to youth. Our middle school program follows the protocols contained within the 6th-8th grade Science, Physical Science and Physics sections as stipulated in the NC Science Essential Standards core objectives. The curriculum is structured to allow for hands-on, inquiry-based exploration of replicable scientific principles, experimentation and technological designs relative to robotics, aviation, and boating.

Physical Science Component:

  • Relationship between forces and motion
  • Types of energy, conservation of energy and energy transfer
  • Electricity and magnetism and their relationship

Physics and Standard Science Component:

  • Structure, classifications and physical properties of matter
  • Characteristics of energy transfer and interactions of matter and energy
  • The motion of the earth, moon, sun system, and the properties, structures and predictable motions of celestial bodies in the universe
  • Effects of forces on motion and the graphical representations of motion
  • Forms of energy, energy transfer and transformation, and conservation in mechanical systems
  • How the cycling of matter (water and gases) in and out of the atmosphere relates to the Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate and the effects of the atmosphere on aircraft and boats

Life Skills Workshop

During all our summer camps, we conduct a comprehensive and interactive segment in which the students engage in discussions about a variety of life-skills topics that cover the following points:

  • Self-confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Goal Setting
  • Self-respect
  • Peer pressure 
  • Good decision making
  • Diversity