STEAM Kickoff 2018: The wonder and magic of flight!


What is a STEAM Kickoff?

Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) is launching a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) event on March 15th at the airport in Grants Pass, Oregon in partnership with Southern Oregon Air Academy (SOAA) and local community, education, and industry partners.

 Overview & Purpose

The event is designed to spark students’ imaginations and interest in the exciting variety of high wage, high demand, and high skill STEAM career opportunities in the southern Oregon region, with a focus on an aviation and engineering sciences education pathways and careers. Students and families will learn about plane-building projects, afterschool programs, and summer camps in a variety of STEAM career fields, and how to earn scholarships for pilot training, while being inspired by the variety of STEAM related career pathways! SOESD is planning regional Technical Academies in Josephine County in partnership with SOAA for aviation and engineering, in Jackson County with Rogue Community College for medical and advanced manufacturing, and in Klamath County to support area economic development.

Keynote Speakers

Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, will be the event’s keynote speaker. A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Waiz is the founder of Dreams Soar, and travels the world inspiring and supporting young women wanting to pursue an education in aviation and STEM. Additional partner presentations include Alaska Air Group and Pacific Aviation.

LaMar Haugaard, while a student at the University of North Dakota, was Assistant  Chief Pilot for Northern Airways. Following graduation, LaMar headed to Portland, Oregon to begin a new career with upstart airline Horizon Air. He was upgraded to Captain after 14 months and was eventually brought on as a Chief Pilot. Currently, he is the Director of Pilot Development for Horizon Air. Captain Haugaard is qualified on the Bombardier Q400 and will be attending E-175 school in April 2018.

When is the kickoff?

  • Thursday, March 15 at the Grants Pass Airport, Dutch Bros Hanger
    • 2:00 PM Session dedicated for 9th-10th grade students and all transition/youth staff from Jackson, Josephine and Klamath County
    • 6:00 PM Session open to families and all age groups interested in learning more about new opportunities.
  • Registration Deadline: March 5th, 2018 at Midnight!

Who should attend?

All students and families from across southern Oregon are encouraged to attend. 9th and 10th grade students from Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties must register their interest in attending the 2:00 p.m. event. Participating schools will coordinate transportation and permission slips. All other interested students, their families and community must register for the 6:00 p.m. event.

Speaker Information

Aviation Engineering Pathways Infographic

Student Opportunities by Grade