Vermont high schoolers glimpse their future careers in technology and design

Photo: BETA team member Aaron Grossman takes GIV students Will Patnoe of Craftsbury, Ty Duell of Lincoln and Kenneth Moran of Starksboro on a tour of the electric aerospace headquarters. Photo credit: Candace Hope

After two years of virtual programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) once again hold their signature summer programs in person. More than 500 students rising from 10th to 12th grade, representing seventy-five high schools from every corner of Vermont, spend 1-2 weeks on a university campus immersing themselves deeply in the topics they love: art, astronomy, engineering, entrepreneurship, environmental science. and Technology, global issues and youth action, health and medicine, mathematical sciences and technology and design.

GIV kicked off the 2022 summer session at Champlain College with the Technology & Design Institute. Celebrating its 20th year, this institute offers tech-savvy students the opportunity to explore the intersection of art and science and hone their ability to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Photo: Bristol-based GIV student Addison Mayhew smiles as she experiences flight in BETA’s electric aircraft simulator. Photo credit: Candace Hope

Collaboration with local companies is part of the curriculum. Nearly 70 students visited BETA Technologies to learn more about the design and development process behind their all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and the supporting charging infrastructure. The students learned directly from the Vermonters who work at the forefront of the electric aerospace industry and some were able to “fly” the plane in a flight simulator. “I get a spark of excitement when I look at the technology being developed here,” said Marko Svoren, a student at Rutland High School. “Many of the tools used are resources taught openly to me and my friends at a young age. And I can see the application of the knowledge we gain through this experience, both inside and outside our schools. “

Students saw firsthand what a future in STEM could look like and better understood the qualities local employers are looking for. Craftsbury student Will Patnoe said, “It was great to see all of this technology in action. I hope I can work on it someday!”

GIV Executive Director Elizabeth Frascoia commented on the benefits of this kind of first-hand experience: “Partnering with cutting-edge, real-world mentors like those at BETA helps illuminate the tangible paths our students can take to make difference in our state and beyond. ” Co-director of technology and design Shannon Walters adds, “The BETA team has demonstrated exactly what we want our students to learn at GIV: that solving complex problems involves a lot of trial and error along the way, and that professionals keep learning and learning. support each other by creating a culture that encourages new ideas ”.

About GIV

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that welcomes corporate sponsorships and individual donations to help fund GIV’s efforts to provide high-quality programming to all interested Vermont students, regardless of their finances of their family. If you are able to give, please call 802-865-4448 or visit Interested high school students can apply for 2023 sessions starting in January.

Information on BETA technologies

BETA Technologies is an electric aerospace company that is creating a new paradigm for the transport of goods and people. A tirelessly focused team is building ALIA, our zero-emission all-electric aircraft and accompanying multimodal charging infrastructure to provide an end-to-end solution that enables greener, safer and more efficient transportation. Safety and pragmatism are the guiding principles that guide all elements of the design and business model, from the elegant redundancies on the plane to the company’s cargo-first approach to the market.

BETA team members bring in depth experience from leading global organizations and take a hands-on multidisciplinary approach to solving challenges and driving innovation. Each team member has the opportunity to gain free flight certification, allowing for a direct understanding of aircraft systems and engineering.

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