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Dream Big Eads Event Inspires Rural Colorado Youth into STEM Careers

Colorado's Top Technology Companies and Universities to Participate 


Eads, CO (April 5, 2017) - On April 27, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will host over 250 students from 12 southeastern Colorado school districts for the second annual Dream Big Event at Eads High School in Eads, Colo.  

The event will connect rural students with industry leaders and professors from Colorado's top technology companies and universities in order to increase students' exposure and interest in pursuing careers in STEM related fields through hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities.

"The Dream Big Event is designed to introduce students to industries like aerospace or cybersecurity that they might not know of or understand, " said Colorado's aerospace and defense industry champion Jay Lindell. "We want to inspire the students to dream big about the infinite opportunities they have to improve our world through STEM careers."

During the event, students will be divided into groups and will rotate through five inspiring technology learning areas that will include engaging presentations, hands-on demonstrations and interactive activities. Students will also have the opportunity to take a virtual trip to Mars courtesy of the Challenger Learning Center, fly assisted in a Cessna 182 aircraft courtesy of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and experience the internet of things in the NXP Smarter World Tour Mobile Station with 180 technology demos.

In addition, there will be a Resource Fair for the students, featuring Colorado technology businesses and organizations, photo opportunities with pilots, and a Colorado National Guard humvee and helicopter display. Representatives from Colorado NASA will also be in attendance. 

This is the second year for the event.  In 2015, over 300 students from northeastern Colorado convened at Revere High School in Ovid, Colo. to participate in the first Dream Big Event. The Kiowa Economic Development Foundation along with six other southeast Colorado economic development organizations saw the success of the inaugural event and wanted to bring the event to Eads.

"After an exhilarating conference call with Jay Lindell, we just knew we had to bring the Dream Big Event to southeastern Colorado," said Jan Richards with Kiowa County Economic Development. "We can't wait to provide area youth with the most amazing learning experience they can receive in one day. We know our students will be dreaming big about STEM careers."

Learning Area Demonstrations and Activities:

  • Space - Blast off to Mars
    • Students will learn about the MARS Basecamp project, develop a plan for survival on Mars, and build a Mars Lander prototype. Presenters will talk about the possibilities that exist within STEM fields in support of the aerospace industry. 
    • Partners: 100 Year Starship, Colorado Space Business Roundtable, Sierra Nevada Corporation, United Launch Alliance, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Ball Aerospace and The Space Foundation
  • Unmanned Air Systems and Robotics - Our New Future
    • Students will learn about both the unmanned air systems and robotics industries through an inspiring video. The UAS demonstrations will include flight programming or payload operation, and the robotics demonstrations will include introductions to Solidworks and Matlab software, and operation techniques.
    • Partners: Trinidad State Junior College, UAS Colorado, Apex Unmanned, Pueblo Police Department - SWAT team, UAS4STEAM and Reference Technologies   
  • Cybersecurity - The New Threat
    • Students will learn about Cybersecurity careers and industry opportunities, including what skills and classes are needed for the marketplace. Students will participate in internet of things (IoT) demonstrations featuring a "hunt skill" exercise and internet security breach.
    • Partners: Secure Set and National Cybersecurity Center
  • Aviation - You Can Fly!
    • Students will be introduced to a snapshot of Aviation careers, both in the cockpit and outside it.  Students will learn the many ways they can be part of aviation - managing airports, working in companies building aircraft, air traffic control, flying planes and more. Students will meet pilots of the Metro State University Precision Flight Team and use a "Red Bird" flight simulator.  
    • Partners: Metro State University Aviation and Aerospace Department, Metro State Precision Flight Team, Shades of Blue and CDOT - Aeronautics
  • Advanced Manufacturing - Forging Ahead in Colorado
    • Students will learn about advanced manufacturing through the lens of additive manufacturing and 3D printing and its role in aerospace and related industries. Students will design projects for a 3-D printer that will be onsite and interact with graduate students from ADAPT center.  Software will be donated to the Eads School District.
    • Partners: Faustson Tool, Colorado Schools of Mines, Manufacturers Edge and The 3-D Printing Store

*Please note: activities and speakers are subject to change 

WHAT: Dream Big Eads Event

 WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017

 TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

WHERE: Eads High School, 210 W 10th Street, Eads, CO 81036

PURPOSE OF EVENT: Inspire rural Colorado students to pursue STEM careers with hands-on demonstrations and real-life simulations, and build the workforce of the future in Colorado's key industries



It's coming, Kiowa County!!!!!  Thursday, April 27 is a chance for students from our southeast Colorado 6-county area to experience the Aerospace Industry right here in Eads.  Students will be hearing from aerospace industry speakers, astronauts and our own Colorado Lt. Governor.  What a learning experience this is going to be!

 They will experience such things as virtual reality, drones, and airplane rides from the Eads Airport.  A National Guard helicopter will be on site to visit as well as a spray plane at the airport.

 Please look over the attached information from our latest draft.  This event is sponsored locally by Eads High School and KCEDF and we could not be prouder than to get to bring this to our area youth.  The public is invited to look around at displays, etc. at the High School and generally see what all is being offered.

The event is Dream Big Eads!  And we hope all the students will be doing that by the end of the event!
"Dream Big Eads"   Printable Information





Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation (KCEDF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the managed growth and development of Kiowa County and the welfare of its residents.    KCEDF has a vision statement that commits to the following:

  • Improvement of infrastructures and aesthetics of towns and county

  • Development of natural resources while protecting the environment.

  • Expanding technological capabilities.

  • Support agricultural backbone while cultivating diversity.

  • Utilize and enhance recreation areas.

  • Strengthen commitment to education and healthcare.

  • Manage growth.

KCEDF provides assistance to businesses, organizations, and local government units in order to improve the overall economy of Kiowa County through attraction and expansion of new and existing business and industry. The agency provides a wide range of business development services to local companies and new businesses considering locating in our community.


Our Mission

To actively promote and manage growth and development for Kiowa County while preserving the unique rural atmosphere and quality of life inherent  throughout the history of Kiowa County, Colorado.



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