250 local high school students will attend the Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show “Behind the Scenes” on Friday, 19 May for a day of learning, networking, and entertainment centered on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) education.

The RIse with S.T.E.A.M. event is sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard in partnership with: the Rhode Island Department of Education; the Rhode Island STEAM Center; the Rhode Island State Police; the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA); Naval Station Newport; Army Natick Labs; the University of Rhode Island, and Commerce Rhode Island.

The students attending are from high schools in North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.

“If education is the foundation of success, STEAM is the cornerstone,” said the Adjutant General of Rhode Island, Brigadier General Christopher Callahan. The Rhode Island National Guard is proud to host this unique educational opportunity that will bring together science and technology experts and many of our state’s high school students who are the future of our communities,” said Callahan.

“SENEDIA is thrilled to be a partner for this exciting event,” said SENEDIA Executive Director Molly Donohue Magee.  SENEDIA is Southeastern New England’s catalyst for thought leadership and innovation in undersea technology, cybersecurity and defense technologies.

“An essential part of SENEDIA’s mission is preparing the future defense sector workforce for the increasing number of positions that will be available.  Real Jobs RI provides important support to us to facilitate this effort.  The RIse with S.T.E.A.M. event is a great opportunity to build awareness and engage high school students with RI defense-related STEAM companies,” added Magee.

The day will consist of military, civilian, and local student presentations, demonstrations, and displays that will set the stage for a discussion on STEAM topics and establish relationships between professionals and students.  The students will have the opportunity to engage with air show performers and crew as well.  There will also be showcases from R.I. Career & Technical Education Programs, the R.I. State Police, and community and school-based programs.  Lastly, artwork will be displayed by local veteran artist, Karl Robert Rittmann (1919-2001).

“The Defense Sector is an important part of RI’s economy and is the highest wage sector in the state,” said Molly Magee.  “This event will allow us the opportunity to share information on STEAM related careers with RI students.”

The RIse with S.T.E.A.M. event will be held on Friday, 19 May from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingston, RI.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).