We had a very reported a very successful second year of the annual STEMFest and the addition of the business partnership event titled STEM in Motion – celebrations of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Approximately 400 visitors attended events held Saturday, April 20 at Besh Ba Gowah Archeological Park and the downtown areas of Globe and Miami, including the Globe Ranger Station and Bullion Plaza.
Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive regarding the range of activities and “fun” value offered at the STEMFest. O’Dell acknowledged the City of Globe and Freeport McMoRan (FMI) for their strong support and partnership with her office in staging the events.
We are thrilled with the great turnout for the STEM Fest and STEM in Motion activities, and grateful to our major sponsors, business partners, community members and local educators for supporting these events that promote and broaden understanding and interest in education and STEM-related subjects and careers.
STEMFest visitors had the opportunity to select favorite exhibits as part of the ‘Viewer’s Choice’ survey. This year’s booth winner is ‘Austin’s Navy’, hosted by the FMI team of Austin Jones and Greg Gotto. Another favorite was Sgt. Jared Doss and his U.S. Army Team’s impressive display of Military Transportation Technology, a set of vehicles and telecommunications equipment valued at more than $3 million. ‘Bubbleology,’ sponsored by Bev Mayfield of the Globe Unified School District, was a crowd pleaser again this year. Visitors also enjoyed the demonstration by the FMI Ropes Rescue Team, comprised of Marcus Haney, Chastity Sauve and Alyssa Vines. All exhibitors reported good participation by visitors, which was evidenced by at least one vote of preference for each in the Viewer’s Choice survey!
Myself and the Gila County Schools staff would like to thank the many collaborators and partners that joined in sponsoring, planning and promoting this year’s STEMFest and STEM in Motion projects. I would also like to acknowledge the support of parents and community members who attended the events along with their children, grandchildren and school-aged friends. A major purpose of the STEMFest activities is to raise awareness of the importance of education and the connections of STEM subject to real life and the world of work. The success of such events would not be possible without the support of our many local community and business partners (with deep apologies to anyone we may have missed naming):
City of Globe: Terry Wheeler, Brent Billingsley, Matt Rencher, Chris Collopy, Rose Mansour, Scott Stennerson, Abdul Saddik, John Angulo, Lee Kinnard, Craig Jones, Joe Bracamonte, and Pete Gardea;
Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc.: Robin Horta, Greg Gotto, Chris West, Austin Jones, Kaitlyn Schlecht, Robert Sharette (and Nathaniel), Marcus Haney, Chastity Sauve, and Alyssa Vines;
Gila County Community Action Services: Maria Brusoe;
Gila County Facilities Department: Bob Hickman and Scott Marcanti;
Gila County IT Department/Schools Office and Gila Community College: Jeff Baer;
Gila County Library District: Emily Leverance and CJ;
Gila County Recorder’s Office: Eric Mariscal and Alfonso Alvarez
Gila County School Superintendent’s Office and Education Service Agency: Noelle Anderson, Debbie Leverance, Gail Gorry, and Victoria Sanchez and the office team;
Town of Miami and Cobre Valley Transit team: Jerry Barnes, Denise Wolford, Ashley Rodriguez, Betty Sheets, and Wes Sukosky;
Arizona Public Service (APS): Richard Rosales;
Arizona Silver Belt: Sherri Davis and Holly Sow;
AZ SciTech Festival: Jeremy Babendure and Charlotte Hodel;
AZ Transfer: Erin Woodell;
Arizona Water Company: Freddy Rios;
Canyonlands Healthcare: Valarie Westberry.
Dr. Linda O’Dell
Gila County Superintendent of Schools
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