Thursday, May 19, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Hundreds of Students Board the USS Midway May 20 for the STEAM Leadership Series

Editors and reporters: Students from San Diego Unified will be participating in this event. Your coverage is welcomed. Contact Kim Richards, Kim Richards, KDR PR + STEAM Insight, 619-708-4430 or, for details.



May 19, 2016

Contact Kim Richards, Kim Richards, KDR PR + STEAM Insight, 619-708-4430



Local Innovators “From the Skies to the Streets” Will Engage Students in Exciting STEAM Career Opportunities in San Diego


WHAT:  The latest STEAM Leadership Series event will take 300 San Diego Unified middle and high school students “From the Skies to the Streets” on Friday, May 20, from 9– 10 a.m., on the USS Midway Museum. Students will learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) career experiences from five local innovators and engage with new technologies from their respective companies. Exhibits on the flight deck will include electric vehicles and a stand-up charger, a model of an unmanned jet and quadcopter, an algae-fueled Baja 1000 motorcycle, innovative bicycles as well as a satellite antenna, modem and other next-generation products that enable fast satellite internet.


WHEN:  Friday,  May 20, 2016

8:15 AM – Students arrive on the USS Midway

9:00 AM – Speaking program begins

10:00 AM – 12:45 PM – Student tours begin: speaker exhibits and the USS Midway


WHERE:  USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego (92101)


DETAILS:  The speaker program kicks-off with Kristi Jaska, vice president of Strategy and Innovation at ViaSat as the keynote, with emcee David Wagner, science and technology reporter with KPBS to lead a panel on the future of transportation. The discussion will address questions from students in the audience as well as live-streamed classroom interaction from students around San Diego County. The live stream will be accessible at Students will use #steamleadsd to ask questions via Twitter.


Panel speakers include:

•             Benno Baenziger, Co-Founder, The Electra Bicycle Company and Benno Bikes

•             April Bolduc, Electric Vehicle Customer Engagement Manager, SDG&E

•             Kristian Gustavson, Research Team Lead, Field Division for Asymmetric Research Group

•             Kristi Jaska, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, ViaSat

•             Eric Maglio, Conceptual Design Engineer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


BACKGROUND: The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital Chapple and Kids Eco Club in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District and Education Synergy Alliance, with support from The San Diego Foundation, SDG&E, USS Midway Museum, Duane Roth Legacy Fund, Ford Motor, Farrell Family Foundation and others, including producing vendor UCTV.


Now in its second year, the program has reached thousands of students from dozens of schools in San Diego Unified. Across six events, the students have interacted with legendary San Diego high-tech executives, inventors and entrepreneurs from a range of industries including unmanned vehicles/drones, satellite communications, biotech and green tech, to software and sports.


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Linda Zintz

Communications Director

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