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July 18, 2018 (Las Vegas, NV): Craig Rosen, Community Relations and Professional Development Administrator for DRI's Science Alive Program, was recently named a GE-Southwest Airlines Ambassador for the Building a STEM Leadership Alliance Summit in Orlando, Florida.

One of just 50 national education, business, and non-profit professionals chosen for the honor, Rosen was invited to collaborate with STEM leaders from around the country at the STEM Leadership Alliance Summit on July 8th through 11th. Their goal? To address current questions and challenges facing STEM education and create an agenda for meaningful change. 

"It was an honor to be among STEM thought leaders, education professionals, and industry advocates to explore how STEM education must be at the forefront of what is taught in our schools," Rosen said about his experience at the summit. "My hope for the future of education is that we find a way to turn our schools into centers for innovation where classrooms become laboratories for learning and exploration." 

As a key member of the Science Alive team, Rosen supports Nevada's PreK-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by facilitating teacher trainings and organizing educational outreach activities for DRI, including the annual May Science Be With You event, a Star Wars-themed celebration of science and technology held at DRI's Las Vegas campus.

Returning from the inspiring meeting with STEM leaders, Rosen is enthusiastic the prospects for STEM education, particularly in Nevada. "The end goal for education should be that those who graduate from our schools become engaged global citizens. I’m excited that DRI's Science Alive Program is playing a part in making this end goal a reality."

The STEM Leadership Alliance Summit brought together five leading STEM organizations and a select group of participants in leadership roles in STEM education. Leland Melvin, STEAM education advocate and former NASA Astronaut, spoke to summit attendees about cultivating passion and perseverance in students. 

Craig Rosen poses with Storm Troopers at DRI's May Science Be With You Event in May 2016. Credit: Dave Becker.Craig Rosen poses with Storm Troopers at DRI's May Science Be With You Event in May 2016. Credit: Dave Becker.

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