|[February 04, 2014]
Leading St. Louis Companies and Organizations Join Forces to Send STEM Soaring
ST. LOUIS --(Business Wire)--
MasterCard, Emerson (News - Alert) Electric, Monsanto and several other St. Louis
companies and organizations are supporters of the 2014 Spirit of St.
Louis Air Show & STEM Expo. The events are scheduled for May 2-4, 2014,
at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield. The U.S. Navy Blue
Angels will headline the event.
"The companies and organizations supporting this event are tightly woven
into the fabric of aviation and innovation heritage in our region and
are leaders in supporting high quality education in Missouri and
Illinois," said John Bales, president of the Spirit of St. Louis Air
Show and STEM Expo organization, the 501c3 organization running the
3-day event. "We appreciate their support and confidence and are proud
to have their names associated with this event."
"Hosting this Expo really raises the profile for science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) for kids and their families in the
St. Louis area," said Bales. "The power of performance aviation to
inspire kids towards STEM education and careers is well known. We are
supplementing this inspiration with focus on STEM skills." The
event-wide STEM Expo will feature hands-on STEM activities for students
of all ages, plus give students and parents the opportunity to interact
with STEM professionals.
"Job opportunities in STEM fields are growing fast," said Joe Reagan,
president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. "And the Air Show
and STEM Expo is an important part of our region's efforts to grow STEM
education and support the growth in STEM job opportunities."
"This Exposition brings a proven, innovative model that connects parents
and families to STEM pathways from education to careers," said Cynthia
Kramer, president of the not-for-profit SCOPE. "We used this model most
recently at the Missouri State Fair and the United States Science and
Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. and will take it to the next
level here in St. Louis."
A U.S. Navy Week will take place leading up to the May 2-4 event and the
Veterans Village portion of the Expo will honor and celebrate those that
serve and have served in the armed forces. Local educators and students
will have exclusive access to the event on Friday, May 2, as they
experience hands-on, interactive STEM. The event will be open to the
general public on May 3-4.
MasterCard (News - Alert), Emerson and Monsanto, are joined by the Saint Louis Science
Center, the United Way, Daugherty Business Solutions, the St. Louis
Regional Chamber, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR),
SCOPE, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, JViation, TAC Air, DoubleTree by Hilton,
Hertz, Elasticity, the St. Louis County and City Governments, Landmark
Sign Company, Dave Sinclair Lincoln, STL250, Joerling Trucking, Blazing
Aviation, and Ranken Technical College.
Proceeds from this 501c3 event will be donated to local STEM and veteran
organizations. For more information, visit www.spirit-airshow.com.
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