We are proud to announce the success of two STEMOVATION pitches by students from South River High School and Glen Burnie High School. The students delivered their pitches virtually this summer to a six-person Advisory Board made up of FMA members. One presentation proposed the application of new technology to further develop a drone prototype already created. The second presentation proposed an innovative approach to airplane runways to help make medical emergency landings more effective. Mentorships and funding were awarded to support the completion of their capstone projects this upcoming school year.
Feedback from the Advisory Board was encouraging. Roxanne Wood of Boeing Intelligence & Analytics said, “The STEMOVATION program winners are creative, engaging and have a passion for innovation. The STEMOVATION program will help us get to the future we want!” Will Metts of Amazon Web Services (AWS), said, “I found the drive, focus and innovative spirit from the STEMOVATION winners to be an inspiration to all. We look forward to them channeling this same spirit as our Nation’s future leaders.”
FMA’s STEMOVATION program offers students an opportunity to present a capstone project proposal to a panel of industry experts who award the funding and mentoring needed to make their ideas happen. In its second year and offered through the STEM and Bio-Medical Allied Health (BMAH) Magnet Programs at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, STEMOVATION was designed to spur the #entrepreneurial spirit and keep young talent in Maryland.
Special thanks to Rachel Bretnall of Deloitte, Sharde Estep of Leidos, John McBeth of John McBeth, Inc., Will Metts of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Van Wishard of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Roxanne Wood of Boeing Intelligence & Analytics for sharing their time and talent as members of the Advisory Board. And a special shout out to Sarah Horta of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) for their partnership in creating STEMOVATION.