Gamma Zeta Boule (in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority) is proudly presenting our 7th Annual Career STEAMposium on March 18, 2023. We are making plans to welcome over 500 students to participate in this dynamic IN-PERSON program which will expose middle, high school and college students to professionals in all aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). Over the past two years, our event was impacted by the effects of the COVID pandemic but we are back, and bigger than ever this year!
The theme of the 2023 event was conceived with the thought that now that COVID is (hopefully) in our past, we are ready to drive toward our future goals and aspirations. As it was in the 1985 classic film, “Back To The Future” we are planning to engage our students with things that they have seen at past events but we will engage them (with a new twist) toward their future endeavors.
As it has been each year, our goal is to show how STEAM is for every student allowing them the opportunity to be Exposed to things that they would not normally hear or see in a classroom environment, Demystify them by showing them how they too can engage in any area of STEAM and finally, allowing them the opportunity to Engage virtually with our “Hands-On” teams as they show how to design and develop projects that will further stimulate and motivate their passions and dreams. This years in-person event will include the many interesting videos used during the virtual events followed by discussion and Q&A. These activities included the NASA/JPL Mars Lander & Sample Return project, a team from Cal Poly Pomona that designed, built and launched Liquid Rockets and another CPP team that actually hand crafts and competitively races Formula SAE and Baja Race Cars, FIRST Robotics offered by a Team from Diamond Bar High School, The Making of a Fender Guitar, and the video game design and development process.
Students will be allowed to venture from workshop to workshop attending several of the speaker workshops and will have the opportunity to hop through as many of the Hands-On activities as they desire in the allotted time. Every workshop and activity will allow them the opportunity to ask questions and learn. Some of the grateful feedback from our previous attendees: “I enjoyed the workshops and getting to hear the presenters speak. They were really interesting and fun to talk too!” and “All participants were engaged in delivering info in a manner that was accessible and interesting.”
All were attentive and expressed great appreciation for the information that was being shared about why STEAM is so important. Each speaker reiterated how much an education in STEAM could offer a student careers with flexibility and a path to choice in life. We shared that in the United States alone, there are more STEAM opportunities than there are people to fill them. This annual event is extremely beneficial to help students think about how they could be the next inventor of a device like the Cell Phone, or perhaps a flying car.
In closing, the motto from Archon Clark Rucker – Co-Chair for the event will always be: “We cannot always build the future of our youth, but we can build our youth for the future!” .
Our traditional event sponsors are: Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, PAIF, SoCal Edison International, CalTech, City of Hope and The Boeing Company.