Space Coast Women In Defense To Host STEM Event

By  //  January 18, 2015

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CEO of Craig Technologies to speak

The Space Coast Women In Defense in Melbourne, Florida is a staunch advocate and supporter of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education throughout our local school district. (Space Coast Women In Defense image)

The Space Coast Women In Defense in Melbourne, Florida is a staunch advocate and supporter of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education throughout our local school district. (Space Coast Women In Defense image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Women In Defense in Melbourne, Florida is a staunch advocate and supporter of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education throughout our local school district.

“Last Fall, the Space Coast Women In Defense launched the SC STEM Education Council with the help of the Central Florida STEM Education Council,” said Ronald Prudhomme, Director of Awards & Recognition.

The purpose of this collaboration is to connect the dots between the STEM needs of our local schools with local resources from universities and colleges, local business support, civic leaders, and other not-for-profit organizations such as CareerSources Brevard, Space Coast Economic Development Council and many others.

“We are proud to recognize three individuals and two companies, one large, one small, for their substantial contributions to STEM in our community at the National Engineers Week Awards Banquet to be held on February 26.” said Prudhomme.

SCWID-180Those being honored include STEM Leadership Star of the Year, Karen Gregory; STEM Educator of the Year, Steve Portz; STEM Mentor of the Year, Ron Morgan; STEM Large Business Innovator of the Year, Knight’s Armament Company; and STEM Small Business Innovator of the Year, Kegman Inc.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn on Wickham Road in Viera.

The National Engineers Week Awards Banquet is co-sponsored by the Space Coast Women In Defense, Canaveral Council of Technical Societies and the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

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The guest speaker for the event will be Carol Craig, Founder and CEO of Craig Technologies.

The Space Coast continues to struggle from the economic impact caused by the end of the Space Shuttle program—leading to an exodus of highly skilled space workers, effectively reducing student enrolment, and diminishing job opportunities in our community,” said Prudhomme.

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“STEM doesn’t just influence traditional math and science fields; it starts industries, generates jobs, and provides a mechanism for non-STEM support industries to flourish. We need to work diligently to develop a highly skilled workforce that will help new industries thrive in our community.”

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