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Palm Beach State College STEAM event with Neil deGrasse Tyson has sold out

Tyson-PlanetsThe Palm Beach State College Foundation STEAM luncheon with world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has sold out to 700 individuals.

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Tyson will explore everyday opportunities to engage in science with his topic of “This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe.”

The luncheon’s presenting sponsor is Bank of America, which has awarded the PBSC Foundation a $30,000 STEAM sponsorship and workforce development and education grant. A portion of the grant will support the College Foundation’s mission to advance STEAM workforce development to better prepare students for jobs of the future.

Other sponsors of the event are: WXEL PBS for the Palm Beaches, Florida Power & Light, Palm Beach Broadcasting, Modernizing Medicine, Balfour Beatty and the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute.

“Modernizing Medicine is excited to be a sponsor of the STEAM initiative because it’s so important to shine a bright spotlight on what this initiative is doing to focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math,” says Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder. “These are the students we need to be prepared to take the jobs of the 21st century at places like Modernizing Medicine and throughout the rest of the country.”

Pamela Rauch, vice president of development and external affairs at Florida Power & Light, adds “We have been proud to partner with Palm Beach State College particularly on the Electrical Power Technology Program. We invite employees to serve on advisory committees. We have donated some equipment enhancements to help with the programs. We offer internships for students so they can get some hands-on experience. And, we hire students who graduate from the program. So, it’s been a great partnership with Palm Beach State College and this initiative.”

Tyson is the director of Manhattan’s Hayden Planetarium and host of 2014’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” a continuation of Carl Sagan’s 1980 PBS miniseries exploring the infinite reaches of space and time. He holds 18 honorary doctorates and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the agency’s highest award given to a non-governmental citizen. He makes numerous public appearances and maintains an active social media presence, with more than 3 million Twitter followers eager to be informed and entertained by the scientist.

This year, the Foundation enters the third year in its five-year initiative to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in the STEAM fields. Its goals are to increase student scholarships, business partnerships, internships and other academic program enhancements to prepare more graduates for these high-wage, high-demand positions.

For more information, click here or call 561-868-3450.

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