Some 300 San Diego Unified high school students learn about STEAM career experiences from five innovators who present new technologies including electric cars, satellites that provide internet connections to airplanes and other moving vehicles, an algae-fueled Baja 1000 motorcycle, and state-of-the art bicycles.
MORE: The speaker program kicks-off with Kristi Jaska, vice president of Strategy and Innovation at ViaSat as the keynote, with emcee David Wagner, science and technology reporter with KPBS to lead a panel on the future of transportation with a discussion based on questions from students in the audience as well as live-streamed classroom interaction from students around San Diego County. The live stream will be accessible at XX. Students will use #steamleadsd to ask questions via Twitter.
Panel speakers include:
- Benno Baenziger, Co-Founder, The Electra Bicycle Company and Benno Bikes
- April Bolduc, Electric Vehicle Customer Engagement Manager, SDG&E
- Kristian Gustavson, Research Team Lead, Field Division for Asymmetric Research Group
- Kristi Jaska, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, ViaSat
- Eric Maglio, Conceptual Design Engineer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
“Our goal is to inspire San Diego students through interactions with the latest technologies and innovative thinkers in our region,” said Steve Chapple, series founder and author of the Intellectual Capital column about game-changing people and ideas.
“This is an important opportunity for our students to interact with professionals in the community and to connect their interests with a real career option,” added Daniel Barone, teacher on special assignment at the San Diego Unified School District. “We match students in Linked Learning career pathway classes based on the theme of each event, so for this one we’ll have students from engineering and automotive pathways.”