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Spirit of St. Louis Air Show Recognized for Community STEM Impact

The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo has been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with their 2020 AIAA Civic Service Award.

“The AIAA Civic Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the progress of aerospace activities in the St. Louis area,” said Patrick Padilla, with AIAA and Boeing. “The AIAA is pleased to be able to recognize your contributions with this award.”

The STEM Expo has been a huge part of the focus of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo since its launch in 2014. From robots to stomp rockets, 3D glasses to mobile tech units, there is something for everyone to explore and be inspired by. The hands-on, interactive experience is designed to excite students, parents, adults and the community about the importance of STEM education, and the connection between both early and continuing education and STEM careers.

“From aviation, to biotechnology, to engineering design, to IT – STEM careers are the future of our region, the future of our economy and inspiring students towards them will enable the St. Louis region to grow its global leadership in these areas,” said John Bales, President of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show committee and Spirit of St. Louis Airport Director. “We are honored to receive this award, and we thank AIAA for their recognition and the incredible impact their organization is having on the future of STEM across the region.”

The next Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo is scheduled for June 11-12, 2022, and will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying their made-in-Missouri F/A-18 Super Hornets.