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Northside High Students Curate Exhibit at Museum
Northside High Students Curate Exhibit at Museum


HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Three Northside High School seniors are curating an exhibit on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) at the Museum of Aviation.  The students are performing the work as part of their school PIE (Professional Interest Exploration) program.  Wesley Paskett, Jaikel “Jay” Robinson and Keynan Callum work at the museum about one and a half hours a day, twice a week.

The formal exhibit opening will be May 11, at 10:00 a.m. in front of the exhibit on the second floor of the Eagle Building near the elevator. A conceptual image is pictured above.  The three student curators will be joined by approximately 100 classmates as well as representatives from the Museum of Aviation, the 116th Air Control Wing, Northside High and the Houston County Board of Education.

Wesley, Jan and Keynan will put the finishing touches on the exhibit May 1 and 2 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  Once the exhibit opens May 11, the young men will have contributed more than 40 hours to its creation.  The exhibit includes:  an 800-pound robot, a bomb suit, uniforms worn by members of the 116th Air Control Wing’s EOD Flight and munitions training aids.

EOD specialists have played a crucial role in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Disposing of an explosive—blowing it up in a controlled fashion—is highly technical work and EOD specialists are superbly trained to do it safely.  However, it is dangerous and EOD specialists risk their lives to protect lives and property.  The students’ exhibit helps the museum share this important story with the community.

Museum of Aviation Assistant Curator Arthur Sullivan (left) is pictured talking with Northside High School seniors (from right) Jay, Wesley  and Keynan about placement of munitions training aids inside the exhibit case.

About the Professional Interest Exploration (PIE) Program


Twelfth grade students enrolled in Humanities enjoy the unique opportunity of participation in the Professional Interest Exploration (PIE) program. Through PIE, students have a chance to explore a professional interest area within our community, in an attempt to determine a possible area of concentration for them in college and/or for a lifetime.  PIE reflects a belief that key decision makers in government, business, health, the arts, social services, and related fields have something significant to teach young people through exposure to their organization environment.


During spring semester, students work directly with the profession of their choice and with guidance from the Humanities instructors during the normal Humanities class hours two days a week. PIE is not a work-study program; rather it is a learning-oriented journey. The students observe, cooperate, and assist with agencies, schools, businesses, doctors, lawyers, etc., capturing an “inside” look into a possible future profession. While the students gain valuable insight into a possible line of work, the agencies enjoy the presence and assistance of a senior learner on the verge of graduation. The professional interns must keep an analytical journal of daily activities and maintain a high level of performance in the program.


Gervaise W. Perdue, who founded the gifted program in Houston County, said, “I named the PIE (Professional Exploration Program) about our second year - 1972/73 - of humanities classes.  I saw a need for it!  The students enjoyed seeing ‘what they wanted to pursue for a career’ and many changed their mind after participating in our program.”


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