To Learn About Careers in Science, Technology and Sustainability
(BOSTON May 9, 2023) – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today hosted over 1,000 middle and high school students and teachers from the Greater Boston area at its annual Aviation and Maritime STEM Expo at Boston Logan International Airport. This year’s event included participation from 26 schools in the Greater Boston area, including communities in the Merrimack Valley, Blackstone Valley, the South Shore, Cape Cod, and New Hampshire’s Seacoast attended this event at the Delta Air Lines Hangar. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in STEM occupations has grown nearly 80 percent in the past three decades. The average salary for all STEM workers nationwide is $100,900, well over double that of non-STEM occupations of $40,020. And recent data shows that jobs in STEM are expected to grow 15% between 2021 and 2031.
The annual education expo gives students the opportunity to meet with experts in the aviation and maritime industries, along with representatives of government and academic institutions, to encourage them to pursue careers and educational opportunities in STEM as well as the sustainability field. The STEM Expo started as a collaborative effort sponsored by the FAA and Massport in 1994.
“The Massport STEM Expo is a great opportunity for the FAA and its partners in both the public and private sectors to engage with students about the many STEM-related career opportunities, especially in aviation,” said Laurence Wildgoose, the FAA’s Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and the Environment. “Through practical and hands on training at this event, we can encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in this ever evolving industry.”
Massport employs hundreds of people in STEM and sustainability fields, including electricians, engineers, architects, analysts, and technicians who work in concert to accomplish the Authority’s mission of connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world.
“We are thrilled to welcome back students to this event at Logan. The work we do at all of Massport’s facilities involves STEM and sustainability and there are numerous career paths and opportunities in the tech, science and environmental industries for students to explore here in Massachusetts,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “We hope the STEM Expo encourages more students to take a serious look at the different career opportunities featured. We appreciate those from various industries who took time to speak with students today and we thank the FAA for being a great partner of this event for more than 25 years.
Over 50 exhibits and information booths representing various aspects of the industries served as the backdrop for the event at the Delta Hangar. Over 35 aircraft and other equipment were also on display, including a Super SeaWind 3000 from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Chapter 106, FedEx Airbus A300, critical care Medflight Jet, a State Police Bomb Squad vehicle and bomb detection robot, and electrical vehicles from Hertz and Massport facilities.Powering What’s Possible. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Photograph below courtesy of Massport.