We were frankly blown away to receive an invitation to the launch of the Global STEM (and Arts) Alliance at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Thanks to a generous sponsor who paid for the flight and a cheap room off AirBnB, Nick was able to take advantage of this inspirational event and great networking opportunity.
Led by the New York Academy of Sciences, the risk of a global crisis for STEM was announced to and echoed by 400 dignitaries, Heads of State, Nobel Laureates, diplomats, and fortune 500 business leaders.
The global concern that young people are avoiding these subjects and career choices was stressed by Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia "We believe STEM is at the heart of modern life, the very survival of our planet earth depends on STEM innovation"
Read more on the NYAS website here.
While Nick was in New York he was able to visit the World Maker Fair out in Queens and get a feel for how the US inspires its children with STEAM. The event was mind bogglingly massive set in the ground and exhibitions pace of the New York Hall of Science. An inspirational venue in itself.
Exhibitors included Ford with a build a car project, Pepsi's Bevlab, Intel launched their Edison coding product and old friends like Raspberry Pi, Sugru. He managed to get hold of the first production model of the Air Rocket Work's launcher which fires rockets made from A4 sheets of paper!
There are loads more photos on the STEAM Co. Facebook page here.