STEAM POWERED EVENT – Coming up Thursday, September 20th!

The Spokane Public Schools Foundation (SPSF) Board will host its second annual STEAM-Powered (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) fundraising event at the historic STEAM Plant, one of the most recognizable landmarks in downtown Spokane, the evening of Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Corporate Tables and individual tickets are on sale, please contact 509-354-5699 if your business or corporation would like to sponsor a table at this year’s event.

Student Guest Exhibits will be presented from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dinner with our special guest speakers, Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year and Anthony Ashe, Vice President, U.S. Steel from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..
Newly renovated, the STEAM Plant, has an integral place in the City’s history with then-Washington Water Power’s (now Avista’s) latest technology that provided power and heat to a majority of downtown homes and businesses. Now a hip restaurant and event center, this is a great location match for our STEAM students and their projects funded by the Foundation.
“We want to celebrate students’ accomplishments involved in STEAM projects,” said Gerald Winkler, SPSF Board Chair, “and to raise funds that allow the SPSF to continue to award even more grants in these categories that allow all students to participate. This is our mission.”
Multiple displays of STEAM student projects showcase the educational excellence of your students in music, art, engineering, math, science and technology.
This year, Mandy Manning, Ferris High School and 2018 National Teacher of the Year, will participate and briefly speak about her experiences. She is an English and math teacher who teaches refugee and immigrant students, and is an 18-year teaching veteran.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is Anthony Ashe, 1991 Ferris High School graduate. Anthony was a starting point guard on Ferris’ basketball team for three years, and as important, he was a Presidential Scholar, among receiving many other academic awards. He especially loved his STEAM-related classes and Leadership courses at Ferris. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University in 1995, and his MBA from Seattle University. Ashe accepted this summer a new position as Vice President – Sales & Marketing at US Steel – Automotive Solutions. Prior to his move to U.S. Steel he was Vice President for Commercial Sales & Marketing at Arconic, following a career at Alcoa in increasing responsibilities, and represented the company on the national Aluminum Association’s executive committee. Among his specialities are Organization Structure and Development, Talent Development, Sales/Sales Management, Marketing, Business Development, Customer Relationship Management, Coaching and Leadership Training, Mentoring and Inclusion & Diversity.
 Last year’s audience heard from Bonita Burke, Ph.D, a 1997 graduate of Rogers High School who shared fond memories of Rogers and milestones in her remarkable career. She is currently with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Library in Lexington. SPSF is excited to recognize SPS graduates who have accomplishments in their lives, personally and professionally, that are great models for current STEAM students. Bonnie was our first such speaker, and Anthony is our second.
What’s the connection and why is this event important to us? In the past 10 years in our Washington state alone, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs. In the next decade, most of the 30 fastest-growing jobs will require STEM skills. If you add in art and design in K-20 education, we have STEAM. This is where we need to focus our learning opportunities, and that include art, design and critical thinking skills. We want our students to move toward higher education and amazing careers.