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Designed to highlight the many exciting aspects and applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the Antelope Valley

The Los Angeles County Air Show Thursday announced the 2015 STEM Expo at this year’s air show, March 21-22 at Fox Airfield. The STEM Expo is a dynamic and interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment exhibit highlighting the numerous applications and opportunities in STEM throughout the Antelope Valley and beyond.

“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 STEM Expo seeks to combine students’ love of games and technology with real world application. Filled with aircraft, space artifacts, robots and so much more, guests can 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, including information on how to join and pursue fun and interesting STEM-related activities long after the show.

Participants include:

Aerospace Companies

Lockheed Martin

Boeing

Northrop Grumman

NASA

Colleges

Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo (Formula SAE Racing and Baja Racing Student Teams)

California State University – Long Beach

Antelope Valley College

K-12

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy (incl. FIRST Robotics Team)

Lancaster High School (incl. FIRST Robotics Team)

Antelope Valley High School (incl. FIRST Robotics Team)

Tehachapi High School (incl. FIRST Robotics Team)

Palmdale High School

Knight High School

Quartz Hill High School

Highland High School

Lancaster School District

Professional Societies

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE)

Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP)

Women in Aviation International (WAI)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

In addition, the Tesla Foundation will be participating in the STEM Expo as part of the Foundations 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.

The Los Angeles County Air Show website will be updated regularly with news, attraction information and more. Fans are invited to follow the Air Show on Facebook and Twitter (@LACountyAirShow).