AirSpace Minnesota Launches New Aerospace & Aviation Week Celebration Events during National Aerospace Week will connect students and practitioners
MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 23, 2012) – AirSpace Minnesota today joined forces with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota High Tech Association at the Minnesota State Fair to launch getSTEM 2.0, a new version of the popular getSTEM-mn web portal. Dale Klapmeier, co-founder and CEO of Cirrus Aircraft and chair of the AirSpace Minnesota board appeared with students from Concordia Academy to announce the first annual Minnesota Aerospace & Aviation Week and Workforce Day, which will connect students and practitioners via getSTEM.
Held Sept. 17 – 22 in conjunction with National Aerospace Week, this celebration is being led by AirSpace Minnesota, a new non-profit organization created to tell the story of Minnesota’s achievements and impact in aerospace and aviation. The week kicks off when Bob Cabana, head of the Kennedy Space Center and a graduate of Washburn High School, will spend two days sharing his message about the importance of dreams and skills with students across Minnesota.
On Workforce Day, Sept. 21, all organizations that contribute to aerospace and aviation in Minnesota are invited to host workplace tours and presentations for students and teachers and/or visit local schools to tell their stories. To participate, organizations
register by completing a brief form to be listed on getSTEM-mn. Interested schools can then make and coordinate local connections.
“When role models like Dale Klapmeier share their stories, students can see what happens when dreams and skills connect,” said Kristi Rollag Wangstad, president of AirSpace Minnesota. “Thanks to getSTEM, there is a simple way for organizations and schools to create new linkages and meet the wonderful role models in their communities. Minnesota has thousands of citizens engaged in aerospace and aviation, and we think this is a way to celebrate their incredible contributions to our economic success while helping the next generation of workers see the exciting careers made possible by STEM skills."
Minnesota Aerospace & Aviation Week will conclude with Flight Day on Sept. 22, when flights, balloon and rocket launches will be hosted by a variety of organizations for students, teachers and families in local communities.
Airspace Minnesota will commemorate Minnesota’s extraordinary legacy in aerospace and aviation, promote skill building for students and showcase the incredible work of today’s innovators. Event details are available at www.airspacemn.org.
The Launch Celebration Breakfast with Bob Cabana, head of the Kennedy Space Center, is open to the public. Student tickets for $20 are available until September 5.
When: Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Keynote: NASA, Our Path to the Future & the Importance of STEM Education
Register: Details about Launch Celebration - Register Now
About Bob Cabana
Prior to his appointment to Kennedy in October 2008, the former space shuttle astronaut served as the director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and deputy director of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School with over 7,000 hours logged in 36 different aircraft, Mr. Cabana graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1971, with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has flown four space shuttle missions, serving as the pilot of Discovery on STS-41 in October 1990, the pilot of Discovery on STS-53 in December 1992, the commander of Columbia on STS-65 in July 1994, and the commander of Endeavour on STS-88, the first space station assembly mission, in December 1998.