Lead by the growing aerospace industry Fly to the Future on STEM Pathways: Access-Innovation-Partnership aims to bring together representatives from business, K-12 educators, higher education, STEM program providers, and the government for a dialogue on working together to design and build a strong STEM pathway for students. The growing job opportunities in additive manufacturing, augmented reality, big data and analytics, cybersecurity, and other areas all require a strong base in the STEM disciplines. Beyond the academic grounding students also need interactions with practitioners, career awareness, and training opportunities.
Keynote speakers for the forum include Dr. John Olson, Vice President and General Manager, Polaris Defense Strategic Advisor to Sierra Nevada Corporation and Dale Klapmeier, Co-Founder and CEO of Cirrus Aircraft and founding chair of Airspace Minnesota.
The forum is convened by the Aerospace Industries Association in partnership with AirSpace Minnesota and the Aerospace States Association. Supporting organizations include the Minnesota High Tech Association, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and SciMathMN.