Four 1816 members flew to Pittsburgh and presented on "How to Advocate for Greater Diversity in STEM" as a part of the 5th annual Out in STEM (oSTEM) national conference. This event brought together more than 400 members, supporters and sponsors of the LGBTQ+ STEM community from across the nation, including one of our own Team 1816 alumni! We also had the opportunity to meet keynote speaker Linda P. Hudson, chairman-CEO of The Cardea Group, and retired president-CEO of BAE Systems, Inc., a longtime supporter of FIRST Robotics. Although 1816 was the only FIRST team (and high school students) at the conference, many oSTEM attendees introduced themselves to us as former members of FIRST teams.
Four representatives from The Green Machine will be in Pittsburgh for the national Out in STEM (oSTEM) conference November 13 – 15 to present on "How to Advocate for Greater Diversity in STEM." This appearance is by invitation of the oSTEM organization. While 1816 was at the RUSH-27 hosted National Advocacy Conference in June, the OSTEM organization tweeted 1816 to present about our Team's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill as well as locally within Edina and Minnesota. Our proposal for this presentation was accepted, and we are honored to be one of the only high school groups accepted to present.
With findings showing that the US needs to produce over 1 million STEM workers by 2022 to remain globally competitive, the job market for STEM is rapidly expanding. On Monday, November 2nd, Team 1816 hosted an event to showcase careers in these fields. Our Team's third annual STEM Career Night included presentations, followed by a career fair. All four of our presenters, despite being grouped under a general topic of STEM, hold vastly different professions, from a PLTW teacher at Edina High School to a 3M lead research specialist. Each of our presenters shared personal stories about their "path to STEM" to an audience of the younger generation. Many Team sponsors and mentors also ran tables at the career fair, where they talked to attendees about their various STEM professions.