STEM Community Lunchtime Conversations

Connecting Virtually through Biweekly STEM Discussions


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, SciTech Institute teamed up with the Arizona Science Center to host a new online series, STEM Community Lunchtime Conversations. The series is an opportunity for the STEM community to come together virtually to learn and discuss various STEM topics impacting us now and in the future. Each conversation starts with a series of flash presentations from our ecosystem partners. Participants can then engage in Q&A with our speakers and breakout discussions to connect and share with each other. Previous topics include Aviation, STEM over Summer, Exploring Nature, MedTech, and more!

Our Goals

October 14 - Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing is one of the biggest industries in Arizona — there are over 5,000 advanced manufacturing businesses and over 150,000 available jobs just in our state!¬† In this session, our panelists share about educational programs that can get you connected with a manufacturing career.¬†

Speakers: Lexi Porterfield, Skilled Trades Coordinator and Recruiter, Central Arizona College; Terence “Dee” Pinkston, Director of Workforce Solutions, Chicanos Por La Causa; Jessica Putton, Director of Career Services, West-MEC

September 29 - Mayors Roundtable

This year’s Arizona STEM Summit featured a panel discussion from mayors around Arizona, during which they discussed the future of STEM industry and education in their cities!

Speakers: Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix; John Giles, Mayor of Mesa; Juan Rodriguez, Mayor of Tolleson; Brigette Peterson, Mayor of Gilbert

August 19 - Aerospace

Learn all about Aerospace in Arizona and discover the programs connecting students with real-world opportunities in the industry!

Speakers: Paul Kaup, Pilot and Founder of STEM+C; Bryan Dougherty, Dean of Enrollment Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Ty White, Educator; Sarah Shepis, Engineer at Viasat

August 5 - Aviation

Discover exciting student programs connecting students and families with Aviation!

Speakers: Paul Kaup, Pilot and Founder, STEM+C; Justin Eddinger, Program Manager, Green Drone AZ; Camilo Waters, Chief Science Officer and Pilot, Buckeye High School; Jake Canty, Flight Instructor, UND Aerospace

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