Opening General Session
This is Why: Inspiring Water’s Next Generation
Fredi Lajvardi, a nationally recognized STEM educator, will share his amazing story of mentoring a high school engineering club in Phoenix. With Fredi’s guidance and inspiration, the students never gave up on their quest to compete at a national underwater robotics competition. The first competition they entered was a university-level competition at UC Santa Barbara. They went head-to-head with teams from MIT and other colleges. With humor and passion, Fredi reveals the simple secrets to his national championship winning team. He’ll share the same wisdom, spirit of inventiveness, and determination that transformed an improbable group of teenagers from a disadvantaged neighborhood in Phoenix into an unstoppable national powerhouse. His presentation captures the imagination and will spark the creativity in all of us.Honored with numerous awards for his spirited passion for teaching, Fredi continues to serve as a prominent advocate for STEM education nationwide.