Connecting the leaders of today and tomorrow in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and business, University of Colorado Denver STEMapalooza opens its doors on October 8 and 9 at the Colorado Convention Center to welcome the public. In its third year, this free event celebrates STEM learning and teaching, facilitates networking opportunities with business leaders and policy-makers, fosters educational partnerships, and enlivens the minds of students of all ages.
Colorado expects to see a 20 percent growth rate in STEM occupations through 2015, according to the Colorado Workforce Development Council. The University of Colorado Denver recognizes that a powerful way to develop the state’s workforce is to start early—through engaging the imaginations of students in math, the sciences, and in future careers in STEM fields.
This free two-day event provides an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to dive into hands-on, “minds-on” activities that includes robotics, gaming, rocketry, staging and film production. For businesses and organizations, STEMapalooza also provides an ideal setting for industry leaders to network, engage policy-makers in discussion, and learn more about the latest STEM initiatives throughout Colorado.
A luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 8 that hosts a panel of experts in STEM business, health care, education, and municipal development. University of Colorado Regent Monisha Merchant will serve as the facilitator/moderator for the panel. Panelists include Allegra Millelo, MD, MS (Family Medicine) and director of the Aurora Lights program at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Richard Duke, a founder and former CEO of GlobeImmune, and other notables.
STEMapalooza includes sponsors such as Wavelinks arts group and contributing sponsors/exhibitors such as Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance. Gary Barbosa, director of human resources at Lockheed Martin, explained why his company energetically supports STEM outreach and research and why he returned to STEMapalooza this year. “There are many Colorado companies and organizations that are involved in STEM initiatives, but there is a need to ‘connect the dots’ of these multiple activities. Especially during the current economy, it is vital to consolidate efforts, align our priorities and to be able to deliver more for less.”