PCC STEM Innovation Challenge Showcase Event


Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:45pm

Attached is a flyer with full details about an innovation challenge event at PCC which is being held on Saturday, October 15 from 1:00 to 4:45 p.m at the West Campus cafeteria and gym.It will be interactive and expose attendees to the world of STEM/STEAM and the potential for jobs and careers.

There has been an extraordinary response from community organizations and representatives who are participating in a variety of ways.  The Challenge will consist of five main activities:

1:00-3:00 (cafeteria) - Tabletop Exhibits and Interactive STEAM activities by community partners, as well as performances by PCC fine arts students.  Also, the public can vote a “Community Choice Award” for the best STEM student project (see Spotlight below).

1:00-3:00 (various classrooms – map provided day of the event) – Micro-Workshops, ranging from a PCC Women in Technology Panel Discussion to “How Can Tucson Go Further in Space?”

1:00-3:00 (gym) – Career Exploration Expo for Students, hosted by JobPath, connecting students to PCC business partners.

3:00-4:00 (gym) – Local speakers, including keynote by Nagin Cox, NASA/JPL Engineer and U.S. State Department citizen ambassador.

4:00-4:45 (gym) – STEM Innovation Challenge Spotlight! featuring the competition between five PCC teams’ STEM projects launched over the summer and supported by LeadLocal and the STEMAZing Project.  Each team consists of PCC students, PCC faculty & staff, and business/industry mentors. The community will have an opportunity to vote on the most innovative project concept and the teams will compete for seed funding during the spotlight!

More about the Keynote Speaker:

Nagin Cox, an engineer with NASA/JPL who speaks around the world on behalf of the U.S. State Department. Ms. Cox is currently a Mission Lead on the operations team for Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)- NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover that landed in August of 2012 and been exploring Mars ever since.  Ms. Nagin has spoken to audiences for NASA and the U.S. State Department around the US, in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, on the stories of the people behind the missions.

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