LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Air Show will feature dynamic and interactive exhibits highlighting the numerous applications and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) throughout the Antelope Valley and beyond, organizers announced Thursday.
“The 25,000 square foot pavilion will feature aerospace companies, colleges, K-12 STEM programs, live robotics demonstrations and a range of professional aerospace and engineering societies,” said Ben Marchionna, vice president of the Los Angeles County Air Show. “The Expo will entice children of all ages and their parents to enjoy a hands-on educational experience designed to spark the interest of young adults and their involvement with STEM while educating them on the opportunities in the aerospace industry right here in the Antelope Valley.”
The 2015 STEM Expo, which seeks to combine students’ love of games and technology with real world application, will include aircraft, space artifacts, robots and more. Attendees will be able to watch live drone demonstrations, talk to actual test pilots and engineers, and even “fly” in an F-16 or F-22 cockpit simulator.
Representatives from local aerospace companies, academic institutions and professional societies will be available to help interested attendees understand how they can continue their interest in STEM education and pursue STEM-related activities long after the show.
Participating aerospace companies will include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and NASA. Participating colleges will include Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo (Formula SAE Racing and Baja Racing Student Teams); California State University – Long Beach; and Antelope Valley College. And professional societies slated to participate include the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA); Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE); Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP); Women in Aviation International (WAI); and Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The 2015 STEM Expo will also include the following schools:
- The Palmdale Aerospace Academy (including FIRST Robotics Team)
- Lancaster High School (including FIRST Robotics Team)
- Antelope Valley High School (including FIRST Robotics Team)
- Tehachapi High School (including FIRST Robotics Team)
- Palmdale High School
- Knight High School
- Quartz Hill High School
- Highland High School
- Lancaster School District
In addition, the Tesla Foundation will be participating in the STEM Expo as part of the Foundation’s Connected Flight Lab. The Foundation, in association with Learn4Life, will be supporting the STEM Expo with innovative science and technology displays and curricula. The Tesla Foundation will also host demonstrations of various drones in the Robotics and Drone Demo Pavilion co-sponsored by the Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Association (UAVSA), the first and fastest growing solely commercial Drone Association.
More on the LA County Air Show
The 2015 Los Angeles County Air Show is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, at William J. Fox Airfield, located at 4555 West Avenue G in Lancaster.
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team will headline the show. The event will also feature an exciting array of thrilling jets, world-renowned aerobatic performers and historic aircraft.
For the full list of performers and other airshow highlights or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.lacountyairshow.com/.
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