AFCEA International Chapter News

Annual STEM Night

The chapter, in cooperation with the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA), held its annual STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] night in April at Gorsuch Commons on the UAA Campus. Bob Whicker, the director of the Consortium for Digital Learning at the Association of Alaska School Boards, was the keynote speaker. He gave an exceptional presentation on exciting real-world projects throughout rural Alaska, where students are collecting data for NASA, flying unmanned aerial vehicles, measuring ice depths, forecasting earthquakes and other participating in local projects that serve their community's needs. Whicker stated, "Kids get involved in stuff that really matters and could save lives." Lt. Col. David Elder, USA, chapter president, presented seven STEM grant checks for $1,000 each to Kathy Baker from Anchorage Christian School, Kayla Wind from Big Lake Elementary School, Bryan Schneck from Faith Lutheran School, Katie Schroeder from Mears Middle School, Gerald Cyphert from Wasilla High School, Scott Hickox from Girdwood K-8 School and Michael Backus from Twindly Bridge Charter School. STEM sponsors this year were Alaska Communications, GCI, Teamsters, Copper River IT and New Horizons Telecom Incorporated. To be eligible for a STEM Grant, the schools are required to submit an application and justification for the grant, which describes how the organization plans to use the funds and how it will further the education of their students. Lt. Gen. Tom Case, USAF (Ret.), UAA chancellor, is a proud supporter of AFCEA Alaska and its STEM Grant Program, and provided the facilities for the evening. The entire event was videotaped courtesy of another proud member of AFCEA Alaska, The Chariot Group, and will be uploaded to the chapter website at

For more details regarding this event contact:
Stephen Burris

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