TeamOrlando-OC-STEM-wTeam Orlando is excited to once again celebrate the proclamation of Orange County’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Week on Dec. 3 with Orange County Commissioner Pete Clark, representing Mayor Teresa Jacobs, and Deputy Superintendent for Orange County Public Schools Jesús Jara. The ceremony, which is part of the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), is at 3:30 p.m. in Warfighters Corner in the STEM Pavilion.

Benn Aaronson, Team Orlando STEM Advocate, feels the commitment from the Mayor, as well as the Orange County School Board, shows solidarity among those working to keep STEM a topic of conversation throughout the many industries that can make a difference moving forward.

“Innovation is part of the push; and the push for STEM takes on an equally important focus, given our area is widely recognized as the nation’s center of excellence for modeling, simulation and training,” said Aaronson. “Our hope is that through these combined efforts we will improve the state of math and science education for students.”

As part of the celebration, representatives from the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), Central Florida STEM Councils’ leadership, Florida High Tech Corridor Council techPath students, National Center for Simulation, OCPS students, former I/ITSEC chairs, and the Team Orlando Board of Directors are expected to attend the event and encourage more focus on STEM.

Following the proclamation presentation, guests have the opportunity to explore the 233,000-square-foot exhibit hall for a hands-on simulation experience, courtesy of the more than 500 companies that I/ITSEC brings each year to the show.

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