Quad Cities STEM Celebration – February 22, 2024

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Join Us for the 62nd Annual QCESC STEM Celebration
You are cordially invited to join us for the 62nd annual Quad Cities Engineering & Science Council’s (QCESC) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Celebration. This year’s event will take place on February 22, 2024, at The Bend Event Center in East Moline, Illinois.

Keynote Speaker: Martha McCabe 
We are thrilled to announce that Martha McCabe, Senior Vice President of Community Partner with Project Lead the Way and former Executive Director of the KC STEM Alliance, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s celebration. Martha is a nationally recognized leader in STEM and her insights are sure to inspire and enlighten all attendees.

Presentation Title: Empowering the Next Generation: Navigating Careers in STEM Together
Embark on an interactive journey with Martha McCabe as she explores the power of mentorship and collaborative experiences in shaping successful STEM careers. Through real-life examples and audience participation, discover how to leverage networks and immersive programs to chart a fulfilling and impactful career path in the ever-evolving world of STEM.  A handout on the topic will be provided to attendees.

Celebrating STEM Success 
The event is a celebration of the myriad STEM successes from the Quad City region over the past year. We will be presenting nine STEM awards to our top Engineers, Scientists, Teachers, Professional Technical Societies, and Volunteers. Additionally, we are proud to support the next generation of STEM professionals by awarding 15 STEM scholarships to a remarkable group of seniors from 12 different local high schools.

Special Guest, Jeff Weld 
We will honor Jeff Weld, executive consultant and professor emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, with the President’s Award of Merit. Jeff’s extensive experience in STEM education, including his role as the executive director for the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and as a Senior Policy Advisor for STEM education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, makes his insights invaluable. We look forward to his brief address at the event.

Networking and Displays 
Prior to the dinner and program, there will be a social session with engaging displays, providing a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow STEM enthusiasts, organizations, professionals and students.

  • 4:30 – 5:45 PM  – Networking and Social Hour with Cash Bar
  • 6:00-8:15 – Program
    • Sit-down dinner (food choices made at time of registration)
    • Presentation of the 2024 STEM Scholarships
    • Presentation of 2024 QCESC Awards
    • Announcement of New Members of:
      • The Pledge of the Computing Professionals
    • Keynote Address
    • Closing

For questions about the program, please reach out to [email protected].

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Thank you to our Current Sponsors

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