Colorado’s Top Technology Companies and Universities to Participate in One-Day Learning Event
Eads, CO (April 5, 2017) – On April 27, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will host over 250 students from 12 southeastern Colorado school districts for the second annual Dream Big Event at Eads High School in Eads, Colo.
The event will connect rural students with industry leaders and professors from Colorado’s top technology companies and universities in order to increase students’ exposure and interest in pursuing careers in STEM related fields through hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities.
Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne also plans to attend the event and will give opening remarks encouraging students to continue their studies in sciences in hopes of building the workforce of the future in Colorado’s key industries.
“The Dream Big Event is designed to introduce students to industries like aerospace or cybersecurity that they might not know of or understand, “ said Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry champion Jay Lindell. “We want to inspire the students to dream big about the infinite opportunities they have to improve our world through STEM careers.”
During the event, students will be divided into groups and will rotate through five inspiring technology learning areas that will include engaging presentations, hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities. Students will also have the opportunity to take a virtual trip to Mars courtesy of the Challenger Learning Center, fly assisted in a Cessna 182 aircraft courtesy of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and experience the internet of things in the NXP Smarter World Tour Mobile Station with 180 technology demos.
In addition, there will be a Resource Fair for the students, featuring Colorado technology businesses and organizations, photo opportunities with pilots, and a Colorado National Guard humvee and helicopter display. Representatives from Colorado NASA will also be in attendance.
This is the second year for the event. In 2015, over 300 students from northeastern Colorado convened at Revere High School in Ovid, Colo. to participate in the first Dream Big Event. The Kiowa Economic Development Foundation along with six other southeast Colorado economic development organizations saw the success of the inaugural event and wanted to bring the event to Eads.
“After an exhilarating conference call with Jay Lindell, we just knew we had to bring the Dream Big Event to southeastern Colorado,” said Jan Richards with Kiowa County Economic Development. “We can’t wait to provide area youth with the most amazing learning experience they can receive in one day. We know our students will be dreaming big about STEM careers.”
Learning Area Demonstrations and Activities:
*Please note: activities and presenters are subject to change
WHAT: Dream Big Eads Event
WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017
TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE: Eads High School, 210 W 10th Street, Eads, CO 81036
PURPOSE OF EVENT: Inspire rural Colorado students to pursue STEM careers with hands-on demonstrations and real-life simulations, and build the workforce of the future in Colorado’s key industries