"This year, the festival, which celebrates ten years, is being held virtually from January 30 through February 28, 2021," said Executive Director of the SciTech Institute Dr. Jeremy Babendure. "More than 200 online events have been planned."
The annual festival allows the young and the young-at-heart to explore STEM fields through educational learning opportunities. According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, as of 2020, STEM jobs were expected to increase nationwide upwards of 23%. In Arizona, the state has a higher percentage of STEM jobs than the national average of 6.2%, per the National Science Board.
"Zovio is committed to activating the ambition of future STEM learners and leaders both nationwide and here in Arizona," said Zovio Founder, President, and CEO Andrew Clark. "As a leading edtech employer in the state, we are thrilled to participate in this annual event that celebrates science, technology, engineering, and math. We hope these learning events encourage Arizona students to pursue a career in these exciting and rapidly transforming fields."
The Zovio network includes Fullstack Academy, which offers programs in web development and cybersecurity in partnership with 12 universities. More than 3,500 Fullstack Academy graduates have jump-started their tech careers.
"There is a tremendous breadth of careers in the STEM field," said Zovio Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Jennifer Love Bruce. "It is exciting to share with STEM students, of all ages, that no matter their interest, there is a career path waiting for them."
As part of Zovio's sponsorship, several Zovio team members shared their STEM career experiences and hosted the following sessions:
Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO) is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. The Zovio network, including Fullstack Academy and TutorMe, leverages its core strengths to solve priority market needs through education technology services. Using proprietary advanced data analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own. For more information, visit www.zovio.com.
About the SciTech Institute
SciTech Institute is a nonprofit organization working to enhance and promote STEM awareness and engagement in Arizona and beyond. The organization is a collaborative initiative of the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority. SciTech Institute strives to connect the STEM community and motivate individuals to pursue STEM-related career paths and get engaged in community events during the Arizona SciTech Festival as a way to help enrich their lives. Visit https://scitechinstitute.org for more information and follow SciTech Institute on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.