Innovation Central High School has been accepted by the USA Science & Engineering Festival as an Ambassador school to the X-STEM Symposium to be held in late April. The symposium will be free for the six students who will have opportunities to hear talks and participate in workshops with experts in STEM fields. Among the particpating presenters are Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segue and the originator of the FIRST Robotics competition, as well as Dr. Reginald Brothers, the Undersecretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Dr. Aprille Ericsson an Aerospace Engineer with NASA. These are just a few of the 40 speakers and presenters participating.
Along with the symposium, the students will be visiting high-tech companies and meeting with dignitaries in the STEM fields. Planned are visits to a public school with biotechnology, engineering and IT curricula, a meeting with Microsoft at the Microsoft Innovation Center, and dinner with the Senior Advisor on STEM Policy to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Camsie McAdams. The students will also have a responsibility locally to organize activities to raise awareness and increase interest in STEM topics. By participating as an Ambassador School this year, the students and school will be invited to participate in the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival sponsored by Lockheed Martin.Once the students return, they will be giving presentations to their peers in the Academies for Health Science & Technology and Modern Engineering, GRPS Leadership and industry partners.
The six students are Vanessa Barazaa, Roni Miguel, Maggie Miller, Fernando Pedro, Shadaa Salazar and Windy Tidmus. (Maggie Miller is missing in the picture above.)