August 1, 2009
It’s great to see how many of you are immersed in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities through programs, research, and professional organizations. One of the best ways for you to have an even stronger voice in the STEM conversation is to participate in this year’s exciting STEMapalooza event. Conveniently located in the Colorado Convention Center, STEMapalooza takes place on October 16-17 and features outstanding exhibitors from around the state. I encourage you to become involved. (Learn more at www.stemapalooza.org or call Sharon Unkart at 303.556.6543)
STEMapalooza is an ideal place to make new contacts that can help your students with internships and field work placements, to meet industry representatives who are interested in your area of expertise, and to learn about the latest developments in the sciences.
UC Denver is proud to be a partner in the Colorado STEM Network, the newly formed statewide coalition of businesses, government, education and community groups that was launched by Governor Bill Ritter on June 12. Concentration of our state focus on STEM education is vital to the development of tomorrow’s business leaders, scientists, researchers and educators. UC Denver is playing an important role in raising the standards of STEM education and in preparing a workforce that is ready to meet the demands of a global, technology-based economy. As companies in industries such as aerospace, IT, and biotechnology continue to move into Colorado, firms must often go out of state to hire professional talent. It’s imperative that we develop the potential of our students in Colorado. Our success can only be accomplished through partnerships. Businesses are actively seeking the expertise of educational institutions who can prepare students proficient in STEM-related knowledge, problem-solving, and communications skills.
The excitement of scientific discovery is alive and well at UC Denver. Let’s show even greater support this year for STEMapalooza.