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AUVSI to Emphasize STEM Education at XPONENTIAL Next Month

BY Zacc Dukowitz
23 March 2018

As you might already know, we have a soft spot for STEM studies—the acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—and the ways in which they dovetail with a passion for drones and drone technology.

Last year we launched our High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots, which provides free access to Drone Pilot Ground School for qualifying high school students to help them pass the FAA’s Aeronautical Knowledge Test. (By the way, since launching we’ve processed over 90 applications!)

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So of course we’re excited about AUVSI’s emphasis on STEM education this year at their upcoming XPONENTIAL conference, which will be held in Denver, Colorado from April 30 to May 3.

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AUVSI is committed to creating opportunities at XPONENTIAL to inspire students, women, young professionals, and those new to unmanned systems with relevant and engaging programs to expand their skills, network with thought leaders, and see emerging technologies.

– Brian Wynne, President and CEO of AUVSI

When you review the list of STEM-focused events that will be held at XPONENTIAL this year, you can see how AUVSI is really actualizing their mission to promote STEM studies and grow the future STEM workforce.

Take a look:


Women and Diversity in Robotics

Attendees of this session will meet in small groups to engage on emerging and impactful topics in the unmanned systems and robotics communities.
The forum will feature speed networking with thought leaders to review STEM opportunities for career-focused women and girls.


This buildathon/hackathon tasks participants with developing solutions to address challenges facing unmanned systems. Teams will use critical thinking to conceive, design and build their inventions during a timed competition. XBuild will take place prior to XPONENTIAL.
Final projects will be displayed on the XPONENTIAL show floor as a representation of innovation and collaboration.

Growing the Industry Hub

This dedicated area in the XPONENTIAL exhibit hall is part of AUVSI’s mission to “grow and groom the future unmanned systems workforce.” It will be a place where students can learn about the STEM programs available at the conference, as well as what AUVSI is doing beyond the scope of the conference itself to foster and cultivate the next generation of innovators and leaders.


Youth robotics is growing in popularity across the U.S., and AUVSI is getting in on the action.
RoboNation is a series of student robotics competitions organized by the AUVSI Foundation as an investment in the development of aspiring engineers. During XPONENTIAL, an area of the show floor will be dedicated to showcasing the winners of these competitions—we’re excited to see what students come up, and to see their ingenuity on display.


AUVSI will be welcoming middle and high school students from the Denver area to tour the AUVSI XPONENTIAL exhibit hall. The RoboTour will help this future generation of scientists and engineers learn about unmanned systems and introduce them to emerging technologies and trends.

Young Professionals Reception

This is a networking session for professionals who are new to unmanned systems, where they can learn from the experience and guidance of seasoned leaders, and also get a chance to meet and mentor younger students who are interested in joining the industry.

In addition to the STEM programming, AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL conference will feature more than 200 educational sessions and an exhibit hall with more than 725 cutting-edge unmanned companies from around the world, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions, and trending topics.

Reasons to Attend AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

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