STEM Nola’s mission is to reduce barriers to entry by bringing STEM events directly to underserved communities and connecting students with long-term opportunities in STEM fields. Their parent organization, STEM Global Outreach, has been inspiring and engaging students for over a decade, with data demonstrating that their events lead to increased interest in STEM.
For instance, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Museum, which hosted the event, is a licensed flight school in the State of Michigan. From October to April, they offer free Ground School training once a week. Students who excel and complete the Ground Course are given the incredible opportunity to enter a FREE six-month Flight School program, complete with flight time—a significant investment that is now accessible to over 200 students who attended the STEM Nola event.
In addition, First Officer Mark Vaught a United Airlines Pilot, who is also a Major in the Air National Guard shared the excitement and fulfillment of a career in the aviation industry, inspiring students to consider pursuing similar paths.
The Aviation STEM & Career Festival was a resounding success, as evidenced by the smiling faces of students, volunteers, hosts, and presenters alike. All the organizations involved are enthusiastic about the potential for ongoing collaboration and continuing the journey of empowering the next generation of aviation and STEM professionals. Together, they are building a brighter future and ensuring that the sky is not the limit but just the beginning for these aspiring young minds.