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STEM Carib Conference
October 10-13, 2017

What is STEM?

S - Science
T - Technology
E - Engineering
M - Mathematics

STEM is a term that has become increasingly popular in education when referring to this group of topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). A solid STEM foundation is not only a foot in the door of the world’s fastest growing job market, but has become crucial for the future success of all students.

 

 

 

KEYNOTE: DAVE LAVERY

Program Executive for Solar System Exploration at NASA

Dave Lavery on Sending Robots to Space
Source: IDEACITY

Mr. Lavery is responsible for management of the design and development of the next generation of Mars exploration spacecraft, and the advanced technologies to enable them. He is currently the Program Executive for Mars Science Laboratory mission, which landed on Mars in August 2012, and the MAVEN orbiter mission which arrived at Mars in September 2014. He is also responsible for the Mars Exploration Rover and the joint European-U.S. Mars Express missions, which have been operating on Mars since early 2004. These projects have a total combined budget of over $5 billion.

Previously, Mr. Lavery directed the NASA Telerobotics Technology Program for 12 years. There, he was responsible for the content and direction of the NASA robotics and planetary exploration research efforts, establishing national space robotics technology policy and procedures, developing agency efforts in space robotics and planetary exploration technology, and integrating and directing national efforts for the development of the space robotics industry.

While at NASA, Mr. Lavery participated in the field parties for the Dante I and Dante II projects, which deployed robotic rovers inside active volcanoes in the Antarctic and Alaska in 1992-94. He was the program manager for AERcam/Sprint, which flew a self-contained, free-flying robotic camera platform on the STS-86 Space Shuttle mission in 1996. He was the program manager for the Sojourner planetary rover, which landed Mars on July 4, 1997.

He also founded and directs the NASA Robotics Alliance Project, including the agency participation in the FIRST robotics competition program. This project focuses on exposing high school students to real engineering challenges and projects by having them work side-by-side with professional engineering mentors. Under his leadership for the last 20 years, the project now directly supports and impacts over 28,000 high school students participating in a variety of robotics and technology competition programs.

Specialties: robotics, artificial intelligence, planetary exploration, program management, computer-generated animation

View Mr. Lavery's profile on LinkedIn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

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