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Who’s who at the Spirit of St. Louis STEM Expo?

By: Ellen Lampe


Though much hype surrounds the soaring airplanes at the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo, it’s the STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] component that provides attendees both young and old with fun, hands-on, educational activities and experiences that help them learn about what goes in to making those very airplanes soar. 

The STEM Expo features academic institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations from throughout the St. Louis area whose goal is to inspire children to pursue STEM-related careers.

Additionally, Camp Spirit provides a venue where key resource providers can share valuable information and connectivity for military members who have recently or will soon return to civilian life.

The Boeing Company again this year is the presenting sponsor of the Air Show & Stem Expo.

“This event salutes not only those who serve and who have served our nation, but also the many organizations, including Boeing, that are investing in quality STEM education to ensure our nation and region remain strong,” Jeff Sweet, of Boeing Global Engagement, said.

The STEM Expo is such a popular attraction that its space for exhibitors was booked completely full for the 2018 event. 

Examples of exhibitors include:

Bricks 4 Kidz: Using LEGO® Bricks, children can learn, build and play while gaining the fundamentals of STEM. Bricks 4 Kidz encourages curiosity and creativity through class activities and plans designed by engineers and architects. 

Project MEGSSS [Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students]: Project MEGSSS is a haven for mathematically talented middle-school students. It has been helping students in St. Louis discover, inspire and develop their talents for over 35 years.

The Academy of Racing Science: Committed to making STEM more exciting and relevant for middle-school students, The Academy of Racing Science helps students learn about critical topics from real-world engineers while zooming around the track in high-tech, electric-powered racing karts. 

Wilbur Wright performed by Bill Nicks: Bill Nicks is a Kansas City historian who performs first-person reenactments, including that of Wilbur Wright, who is considered to be one of the “fathers of modern aviation” along with his brother, Orville. The Wright brothers are credited with inventing, building and flying the world’s first successful airplane 

STEM2U Youth Programs: STEM2U Youth Programs is a 501[c][3] non-profit whose Mobile STEM Camp provides a dozen full Lego Robotics kits to augment classroom experiences.

St. Louis Astronomical Society: SLAS promotes interest in the science of astronomy and encourages people of any age to look up at night, and learn about amateur astronomy. The 501[c][3] non-profit has been in operation since 1936.

Visit spirit-airshow.com/stem-expo for a full list of exhibitors and be sure to check them all out at the STEM Expo. Who knows – maybe you or your child will discover a hidden interest or talent!

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