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Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan partners with FIRST Robotics at State Championship

High school robotic program develops problem solving & STEM skills critical to aerospace industry careers

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan (AIAM) will cosponsor a VIP event and tour at the FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Robotics State Championship at Saginaw Valley State University, an event bringing together more than 160 teams of students from across Michigan to compete in a variety of competitions with robots they designed and built.

“We are truly proud to help support this competition, especially in light of the incredible importance of engineering and robotics in the aerospace industry,” said Tony Vernaci, president and founder of AIAM. “Today’s students are the future workforce for the aerospace industry and many other high-tech sectors. We’re excited to help these students develop their skills and chart a path to success.”

As part of the competition, AIAM board member Jeff Simek was selected to give an introductory speech before Gov. Rick Snyder’s keynote address at the FIRST Robotics VIP breakfast. Simek serves as General Manager of Operations for RCO Aerospace & RCO Engineering making lightweight composite passenger seating for purpose built jets.

“The students in this program graduate knowing how things work,” said Simek. “They are solving cross functional problems with looming deadlines. Through this program, students learn what it takes to bring a design to market, while learning continuous improvement and facing the risk of their decisions.”

 Media outlets interested in speaking with AIAM should contact Nick Dodge at (616) 796-4912 or ndodge@byrumfisk.com

Membership in AIAM is open to companies in the aerospace industry as well as non-aerospace companies considering an expansion of their products and services into the industry.

 Membership information is on the association’s website at: https://aiamnow.com/memberships

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